25 people are now homeless across Cavan and Monaghan - a rise of 39% over the last two months. That's according to Sinn Fein TD, Deputy Pauline Tully who says the figures include adults and children who have become "victims" of the nation's housing crisis.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Deputy Tully said the increase is "shameful" and laid the blame for the crisis firmly at the Government's door. She highlighted that 12,847 people are registered as homeless across the State and the situation is becoming worse instead of better.
Deputy Tully added that the Government has left an "appalling legacy" that has heart breaking consequences for "real people who are the heart of this crisis". "The Government have been warned time and time again of the consequences of their terrible housing policies and their refusal to treat the housing crisis with the seriousness it deserves," she continued.
"Every day that they remain in office, this Government causes more damage to the lives of ordinary people in Cavan Monaghan and beyond. Sinn Féin in government would get to grips with the housing crisis to end the scandal of homelessness in Cavan and Monaghan.
"We would treat the issue with the seriousness it deserves, to prioritise delivering genuinely affordable homes to rent and purchase in Cavan-Monaghan. We would reinstate the eviction ban for no fault evictions to protect renters while housing supply is increased. It's time for change. It's time for a government ready and willing to end the housing crisis in Cavan and Monaghan."