Sinn Féin TD Pádraig MacLochlainn has stated the Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien cannot be allowed to walk away from Donegal families living in dangerous homes.
Deputy MacLochlainn said the minister failed to agree to task the Housing Agency and Donegal County Council and to resource them to assist families who must move out of their homes for safety reasons and to find temporary alternative accommodation.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, and we need an emergency response from the government,” he said.
“Instead, a growing number of families in Donegal, living in defective block homes, are being forced to live in dangerous homes because they just can’t find or afford temporary alternative accommodation.”
Deputy MacLochlainn said he received a response from Minister O’ Brien where he has not agreed to task the Housing Agency and the council and to resource them to assist our Donegal families.
“This is just unacceptable. I will not allow him to walk away from responsibility and I will be following this up in the Dáil this week again”.
“The government must act urgently. The Housing Agency has assisted hundreds of families in Dublin and North Leinster to find alternative accommodation while their homes were being repaired under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme.
“Our Donegal families need the same assistance and the same response from the government”.