Labour Youth has today condemned the reappointment of Conor Skehan as Chair of the Housing Agency. Commenting, Labour Youth Chairperson, Chloe Manahan expressed extreme concern over the appointment of anyone who considers the current housing and homelessness crisis as normal and accuses families of “gaming” the system.
“To see Mr. Skehan’s reappointment is alarming. Normalising homelessness and victim blaming those who live on the streets and in hotels is not the type of behaviour that Irish people expect to see from someone whose role was created to resolve the housing crisis.
“Following a year where the government under-delivered on promises of building new homes and housing people living in hotels and family hubs, this move confirms fears that its blasé attitude towards housing is set to continue in 2018.
“The comments made by Conor Skehan over the last weeks and months have both incorrect and deeply offensive. In reappointing him, Minister Eoghan Murphy has tacitly endorsed those totally unacceptable remarks.
“Mr Skehan has not effected adequate progress in his role and has continuously offended victims of homelessness, those working to alleviate the crisis as well as wider Irish society. We strongly encourage Minister Murphy to reconsider his reappointment.”