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Labour: Govt Failing To Manage Housing & Homelessness Crisis

Labour has accused the Government of failing to get to grips with the housing and homelessness crisis as a further deterioration was revealed in recent figures.

The party's Housing spokesperson Jan O'Sullivan said it's a "worrying and consistent trend" that anther 25 children are now living in emergency accommodation.

The official figures from the Department of Housing show an overall increase of 59 homeless people in September to a total of 10,397 compared to 10,338 people homeless in August.

"For eight months now, the overall homelessness figures have been at over 10,000 people, and yet again today we've seen another rise of 59 people in total," Deputy O'Sullivan said.

"Quite simply, these figures are a sign that the Government's housing strategy has failed and is continuing to fail.

"What is so tragic about this is that children are being caught up in this failure. On a night like this when many children are looking forward to trick or treating with their friends, it is unacceptable that there are also 3,873 children with no home of their own.

"In the immediate term we need to put children at the heart of any decision made regarding a family that becomes homeless, which Labour's Homeless Families Bill would address, and I call on the Government to progress this legislation.

"Overall, we have a real issue with affordability in the rental sector and we have a real issue with a lack of housing.

"The reality is that the 4 per cent rent cap in rent pressure zones is simply too high and has failed to control spiralling rent, pushing many into desperate situations.

"It's time to freeze rents for a period of time and give renters a much-needed break."

The Labour TD urged the Government to shake-up their response to the crisis and commit to building more affordable homes.

Plans For Waterford's North Quays Project To Be Lodged

A multi-use development at Waterford's North Quays is set to take a major step forward.

The application for Planning Permission to Waterford City & County Council for the development will be lodged by the end of November 2019, developer Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland has confirmed.

Waterford North Quays will consist of a thirteen storey 200-room 4-star hotel and conference centre; a mixed use commercial building comprising tourism, retail, food & beverage and leisure; a seven-storey twin block comprising 12,000 square metres of prime office space; and five residential buildings accommodating 500-600 residents.

The landmark scheme will also see the development of one of Ireland's most modern and multi-use transport hubs.

The North Quay development marks a major economic boost for Waterford and the South East Region of Ireland. The total estimated investment is estimated to be €350 million in the development, phased over three to five years. 2,300 full time roles will be created during the development of the new district, with an additional 4,500 indirect jobs. The planned completed integration of the scheme with the existing urban centre of the City will confirm Waterford as the Gateway City of the South East Region, increasing regional and national visitation, tourism and will serve to reverse regional economic leakage.

Refurbished Playground Opens In Charleville

A recently improved playground has been opened in the County Cork town of Charleville.

Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O'Donovan TD visited the site over the weekend to officially open the new facility.

He was joined by Cllr Ian Doyle, who was deputising for Mayor of the County of Cork, at the event.

"This upgrade to the playground is excellent news for the people of Charleville and the surrounding villages," said Cllr Doyle. "The previous playground served the community well, however this improved facility brings a new lease of life to the area. This playground will be a great benefit to the families of the region for years to come."

The new facility, which has been in use since July, has been upgraded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme with €100,000 allocated through Cork County Council in 2018.

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