Homeless families allowed to stay in Lynam’s Hotel until August 1st, but still no long-term alternative offered by Dublin City Council

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Statement from Irish Housing Network

The five families in emergency accommodation have been allowed to stay in Lynam’s Hotel until the 1st of August thanks to negotiations between the Irish Housing Network and the hotel management. The hotel managers are permitting the families to stay free of charge, as Dublin City Council have still not sourced suitable alternative long-term emergency accommodation for them.

The future of these families is far from secure; they refute Dublin City Council’s statement that they have been offered suitable alternative accommodation. While some have been offered short-term rooms in other hotels, none of these places are suitable or secure.

They maintain their demand for long-term emergency accommodation that includes laundry and cooking facilities. They refuse to remain on the Self-Accommodate system that requires them to continue the nightmare scenario of moving from hotel to hotel with their children and leaves no time to search for a proper home. They want secure accommodation so they can begin to the process of finding a secure home.

The Irish Housing Network is calling for all parties involved – including the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Housing, NAMA, Dublin City Council and the receivers – to meet with hotel management to open up negotiations to use Lynam’s Hotel as Emergency Accommodation. These negotiations should include implementing minimum standards such as cooking facilities, laundry facilities and access to safe drinking water. The management of the hotel have indicated to the Irish Housing Network that they are open to negotiations.

NAMA is an arm of the state and all properties in NAMA are under the control of the Minister for Finance. The Minister has the power to direct NAMA to ensure Lynam’s Hotel can accommodate homeless families. NAMA has a social responsibility to help alleviate the current housing emergency in this state and the government can force NAMA to act on this responsibility.