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Mayor furious as meeting cancelled

DUBLIN'S Lord Mayor has reacted angrily after Environment Minister Alan Kelly cancelled a scheduled meeting with councillors to discuss the homeless crisis in the capital.

Mr Kelly was due to meet the group leaders in Dublin City Council on Wednesday as it emerged that the number of people sleeping rough has increased dramatically.

But the Labour party politician has kicked the meeting to touch as he continues to deal with the fall out on water charges.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke wrote to Mr Kelly at the weekend and urged him to reconsider the decision to cancel the meeting. He told the Herald that the homeless crisis in Dublin "must be the minister's top priority".

"I'm very disappointed that Minister Kelly would cancel this scheduled meeting - which we have been seeking for many months now.


"I'm available day and night to meet him because this is a crisis that is just spiralling out of control. We are talking about a situation whereby hundreds of people don't have a roof over their heads."

Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe said the huge number of children in emergency accommodation is of particular concern.