Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien
Dáil debate on Thursday, January 28
Social Democrat housing spokesman Cian O’Callaghan TD writes
“In the Dáil last Thursday, the Minister for Housing stated that the National Quality Standards Framework [standards that have been in place in all charity-run hostels since 2019] applies to all providers of emergency accommodation for homeless people – including private providers.
“However, on Friday, Brendan Kenny of Dublin City Council confirmed at the Oireachtas Housing Committee that these standards are not in fact being applied to private for-profit providers of emergency accommodation.
“The Minister must come before the Dáil and correct the record, and the Government must act swiftly to ensure that the National Standards applies to all providers of homeless accommodation, including private providers….