Editorial: The cost of the homeless crisis in Dublin
Upwards of 150 homeless adults, with children, are likely to be staying in emergency hotel accommodation in Dublin on any one night.
The cost of providing this accommodation is an indication of the scale of the homelessness crisis in the capital.
Some 468 families became homeless in Dublin last year, including 1,000 children.
In 2014 an estimated €4.5m was spent on emergency hotel accommodation, a tenfold increase on the amount spent just two years earlier, and part of a wider €21.8m accommodation spend.
Housing homeless families in hotels is far from ideal – not least for children.
But in the absence of sustainable, and affordable, long-term solutions Dublin City Council appears to have little choice.
Focus Ireland has called for an increase in rent supplement and a rent freeze to help families. This would help in the
short term but the long-term solution is simple, if costly: the provision of affordable housing.
Right track on tunnel
It’s good to see some joinedup thinking on Dublin’s public transport system.
From next year the Phoenix Park tunnel will be open to passenger trains –with four an hour using the line at peak
This will allow commuters to travel directly from counties Kildare and Laois to Connolly and Grand Canal Dock stations.
The move removes a rail ‘blind spot’ through the city centre, allowing passengers to travel directly to shopping areas and offices, instead of having to switch to buses or the Luas at Heuston station.
This is a common sense move that significantly bolsters rail service links in the capital.
For many commuters it can’t come soon enough.