On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the new Family Hub on Greencastle Road. While I do not agree that families and children should be placed in accommodation with shared facilities, the hub is a better option than wholly unsuitable hotel rooms. There should be a short maximum time on the stays in hubs if they must be used. Rents continue to rise to extortionate, unaffordable levels which will only exacerbate homelessness, especially across cities.
Deputy Broughan has been raising Community Policing issues with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice and Equality since increasing instances of anti-social and criminal behaviour around parts of Dublin Bay North were brought to his attention last summer. Recently, Deputy Broughan received a reply to a Parliamentary Question he raised asking about the types, amounts and values of drugs being seized by Gardaí in the R District of Dublin Bay North each year since 2015.
The Dáil has been on recess for the past two weeks for the Easter break and it has given me time to catch-up on pressing constituency matters such as meeting constituents on local community and planning issues around Dublin Bay North. For example, I attended the opening of the new dressing rooms at Scoil Uí Chonaill on Clontarf Rd and the AGM of Le Chéile, Donnycarney Community and Youth Centre where I hold regular information clinics. I was also delighted to meet and be briefed by Ms Aisling Hedderman and Ms Aisling Kenny of the North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Committee.
Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, his plans to support the provision of local community and social, infrastructure and services in Dublin 5 and Dublin 13 including the newer North Fringe region. Deputy Broughan has been frustrated at the lack of supports for local services and has been representing a number of organisations in relation to sourcing appropriate premises, funding or other vital supports.