Leo Varadkar responds to Micheál Martin's Ireland Unfiltered comments on homelessness 2 years ago

Leo Varadkar responds to Micheál Martin's Ireland Unfiltered comments on homelessness

Last week, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin joined Dion Fanning for Ireland Unfiltered.

Among other things, the pair discussed the ever-deepening homelessness crisis that currently sees 10,000 Irish people — many of them children — without a roof over their head.

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On last night's Late Late Show, host Ryan Tubridy put this to Varadkar, saying: "You're looking at Micheál Martin saying on JOE.ie this week that there is genteel, upper-middle class resistance to building local authority housing. Ultimately suggesting that it's a class problem."

Varadkar dismissed the criticism by saying that he grew up in Blanchardstown and lives in West Dublin — "there's a lot of social housing in my constituency and we're building more of it."

Asked point blank if he was going to "fix it", Varadkar mused that "[I] don't feel it will ever be fully possible to entirely eliminate homelessness but I think we can make it a lot better than it is, especially family homelessness."

Varadkar himself has also appeared on Ireland Unfiltered, where he discussed the homelessness crisis.