Saturday 22 October 2016

Council halt closure of Dublin hostel following protests by its residents

Bru Aimsir hostel in Dublin. Photo:
Bru Aimsir hostel in Dublin. Photo:

The planned closure of an emergency hostel in the capital has been halted following a protest by service users at the premises.

A group of around 16 residents held demonstrations at the Bru Aimsir hostel on Thomas Street over the last two days.

The homeless service users were demanding talks with those responsible for sanctioning the planned closure of the hostel.

However, the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council (DCC) has now agreed to put the proposed closure on hold until alternative accommodation can be provided for more than 40 residents.

In a statement last night, a DCC spokesperson said the decision was made following the annual meeting of the council's Cold Weather Initiative.

"The planned closure of Bru Aimsir Emergency Homeless Hostel was the subject of emergency motions at the City Council's meeting on Monday night," the spokesperson said.

"The facility was opened in October 2015 as part of the annual Cold Weather Initiative and it was due to shut in spring 2016.

"In light of the concerns expressed by members of the City Council at its meeting on Monday, given the serious deterioration in the homeless position over recent months, and following the direct intervention of an tArdmheara, the Chief Executive has agreed that the planned closure will be put on hold until satisfactory alternative accommodation is secured for the remaining 42 residents.

"In the meantime, efforts are being made to source additional emergency homeless accommodation.

"The question of reopening the full capacity of Brú Aimsir will be reviewed over the coming days."

The premises was due to close on April 19, but that date was extended to June 30 to allow for a proper wind-down.

No new residents are being accepted into the 101-bed facility, which hosts a variety of services including health clinics.


Sinn Fein councillor and Chairperson of Dublin City Council Housing Committee Daithi Doolan has welcomed the decision.

"I am happy to announce that the remaining 42 people in the Brú can remain there until new accommodation is provided," he said.

"The planned closure has been put on hold. This will come as a relief to those people who have stayed in the Brú and made use of the excellent services being provided by Dublin City Council and Crosscare."

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