Housing Agency chief says Varadkar's homeless comments were correct
The chair of the Housing Agency has said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was correct to say Ireland has a low rate of homelessness by international standards.
Mr Varadkar has been criticised for the comment, which was made at the Fine Gael national conference over the weekend.
Speaking on RTÃ's Morning Ireland, Conor Skehan said homelessness was a dreadful thing but it was normal and does happen.
He said that there are currently homeless crises in Germany and Spain, adding that the Government is not doing anything wrong.
Mr Skehan said the challenge was to see if the Government was dealing with the problem effectively and compassionately.
He said we need to take the emotion out of the situation and address how we are dealing with the problem.
However, the head of policy and communications at the Simon Communities has said the figure do not compare lik e with like as there are different way of defining homelessness.
Speaking on the same programme, Niamh Randall said we need to be careful about rewriting the homelessness narrative because we are in danger of normalising the homeless and housing crisis.
She said that those in emergency accommodation want to hear that there are solutions and a way to implement them.
She said she disagreed with Mr Skehan's comments, saying that we needed to decide if we are an economy or a society.Source: Google News