Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Education and Skills Kathleen Funchion TD said that the Minister for Housing was “completely out of touch” with the realities facing children living in homelessness or the impact it has on children’s’ educations.
Speaking today during Statements on Youth Homelessness in the Dáil Deputy Funchion said:
“The difficult day to day circumstances encountered by children living in emergency accommodation has an effect on every aspect of their lives, particularly their education.
“Two main challenges facing children accessing their education is problems with transportation, and no suitable place to study once having left school for the day.
“It can’t be guaranteed that emergency accommodation will be located near a student’s school. This often results in students spending large parts of their days travelling to and from school – time which could be spent focusing on homework or study.
“The Ombudsman for Children’s report ‘No Place Like Home’ launched today depicted a very bleak picture of what children living in hubs face.
“Dr. Niall Muldoon is calling for an independent evaluation of family hubs and I fully support that call.
“All of these factors created by homelessness create a hugely challenging situation for any child who is homeless to access their right to a fair education and equal start in life.”