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President Michael D Higgins Has Opened A New Homeless Centre In Naas

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The centre will provide housing and rehabilitation supports for those affected by addiction and homelessness.

The President says the housing policy here is a 'disaster'.

Michael D Higgins was speaking as he opened a centre for homeless young adults in Naas this afternoon.

The facility in Jigginstown will accommodate seven men and five women between the ages of 18 and 25.

Jigginstown Manor operated by Tiglin will provide housing and rehabilitation supports for those affected by addiction and homelessness.

Speaking at the event in Jigginstown the President Higgins said the housing situation here has been country's biggest failure: "And I often ask myself, you know - how Republican is what we created?

"And isn't it sometimes closer to the poor law system we thought we were departing from," said President Michael D Higgins.

"It's a real challenge. I have taken as well to speaking ever more frankly in relation to housing because I think it is a great, great, great failure.

"It isn't a crisis anymore, it is a disaster," he said.

 

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