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Labour party leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (top with government press secretary Cathy Madden) and Brendan Howlin (above) this morning before a cabinet meeting in government buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin.

“The Public Expenditure Minister says all State agencies will be asked to contribute property for use as emergency housing, where appropriate. Brendan Howlin was speaking on the way into this morning’s Cabinet meeting, where the Housing Minister’s plan to get rid of long-term homelessness by 2016 will dominate the agenda.”

All State agencies will help provide emergency accommodation – Minister (Newstalk)

However

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has indicated that the Government will not increase rent allowance levels to address the housing problem.

Howlin indicates rent allowance levels will not be increased (RTE)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)