Focus Ireland warns of new wave of homelessness

Focus Ireland claims there could be a new wave of homelessness after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The charity has written to Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens, who are all involved in government formation talks. 

It says a number of welcome measures have been taken, such as temporary rent freezes and a ban on evictions. 

But the charity's Roughan McNamara says they're not enough. 

"Once they're lifted as the country comes out of lockdown, we're very fearful there will be a backlog of evictions and a lot of people will become homeless.

"That's why we've contacted the political leaders of the three parties involved in government formation talks, calling for urgent development of a clear roadmap out of this public health emergency in the area of homelessness."

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