Department of Defence said it cannot allow the use of vacant Curragh Camp homes for homeless
Six extra beds have been provided for the homeless in Kildare this Christmas.
The Peter McVerry Trust has increased its capacity in Newbridge.
“They have been really good in fairness,” said Cllr Joanne Pender, “anyone who needed accommodation has been looked after. They put them in B&Bs and hotels until these extra beds became available.”
There are currently 21 beds at it's hostel, and this extra allocation will bring its bed numbers in Kildare to 27.
Meanwhile, the Department of Defence has responded to the Newbridge/Kildare councillors’ request that military accommodation be used in the Curragh Camp as an emergency measure during the winter months.
“On foot of these discussions and further considerations on the availability, standard and suitability of accommodation in the DFTC, the requirement for operational readiness and contingency, health and safety requirements, and security and access concerns, I regret that it is not possible to assist with this request,” it said.
Cllr Pender said she was dissapointed with the response. She pointed out the houses in the Curragh Camp wouldn’t require too much work to be upgraded, and there was a €40,000 grant available under the Repair and Lease Scheme for such works.
“One arm of the State is in crisis in terms of housing, and the arm of the State that has housing is not stepping in to fill that void,” she said.