Speaking at a protest on the site of the Regina Coeli Women’s hostel which faces closure, PBP MLA Gerry Carroll called for the Minister for Communities to intervene:
“The Regina Coeli hostel is a vital service for homeless and vulnerable women in this city and it would have a debilitating impact if it were to close. Moreover, as an employer of 12 staff, it is imperative that the workers’ jobs are maintained.
“I am calling on the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey, to urgently intervene. Her department’s hitherto sideline role in this situation is a disgrace. There is a clear need to save this hostel, with domestic violence levels as they are, and the Minister has a duty to provide a long term, sustainable funding mechanism, alongside the Housing Executive.”