NO ONE SLEEPING ROUGH IN COUNTY MONAGHAN – BUT CO COUNCIL DEALT WITH 71 HOMELESSNESS CASES IN 2015

15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Information presented to Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council indicated that no one was sleeping rough in the county, but the local authority had to deal with 71 homelessness presentations last year.

In a written question, Fianna Fáil representative Robbie Gallagher asked: “With regard to the rough sleepers count which took place in every county on November 30 2015, how many people were recorded as sleeping rough countrywide and how many were recorded for Co Monaghan?”

The response circulated to members indicated that the Co Council undertook an annual (national) rough sleepers count. The 2015 count took place on November 30 and no rough sleepers were recorded in the county.

“At the moment Monaghan Co Council does not have access to the national figure but will make it available once received,” the reply added.

Sinn Féin’s Colm Carthy submitted a question asking how many reports of homelessness the Co Council had to deal with or review last year, and how this compared to the previous five years.

He was informed in a written reply that the local authority had 71 homeless presentations from January 1-December 31 2015.

“Of the 71 homeless presentations, 30 persons were provided with emergency accommodation and 41 persons assisted without the need to be placed in emergency accommodation.”

The figures for homelessness presentations in previous years were: 2014, 42; 2013, 47; 2012, 74; 2011, 36; 2010, 52.

The reply added: “Monaghan Co Council’s Home…..

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