In the Dáil.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that information from the homeless charity Inner City Helping Homeless indicated that there were no emergency beds available for 86 homeless people by 11.30pm on Tuesday night and they subsequently slept rough.
Mr Murphy responded by saying “no one will be turned away” from a bed as the cold weather initiative is under way – despite Ms McDonald having just told him that 86 people had slept rough.
The figure was disputed by Director of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive Eileen Gleeson last night.
Anthony Flynn, of Inner City Helping Homeless, tweetz:
With the continuous talk of beds for anyone who’s wants them the number of people sleeping rough last night rose. 77 men & 15 women a total of 92 people forced to sleeping in freezing tempatures. This is completely unacceptable the Minister must today respond!
It was cold overnight. Temperatures at some of our weather stations at 6am.
Dublin Airport: – 5.8C
Mount Dillon: -4.0C
Oak Park: -3.7C
Shannon Airport: -2.7C
Moore Park: -3.4C
Phoenix Park: -3.9C
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 31, 2019
Yesterday: “No One Will Be Turned Away”