Monaghan County Council received just over €200,000 from a €3.6m fund to tackle homelessness

A Sinn Fein Councillor criticised what he described as the ‘weak’ Homeless Strategy which was put forward at this month’s Monaghan County Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

Councillor Sean Conlon raised concerns that Monaghan County Council received just over €200,000 from a €3.6m fund earmarked for north eastern counties.

The Sinn Fein representative argued whilst the figures may show homelessness is not as big an issue for the County as other areas it is none the less a ‘crisis’ and called for more resources to tackle the issue.

Chief Executive Eamon O’Sullivan explained that the funding was returned based on the Council’s expenditure dealing with homelessness in the past and the figure reflected how the county did not have the same level of homelessness as others.

The Council voted in favour to adopt the homeless strategy.

Cllr Conlon said the latest strategy was ‘very weak on detail’ compared to the last two years, especially regarding the budget.