Relocating homeless Dubliner's to rural Ireland is not the solution to the housing crisis, according to the Chairperson for Dublin City Council's Housing Committee.
Daithí Doolan said "This is not the magic wand to the housing crisis. No family should feel unwelcome in Dublin. We want families who want to live, work study and grow in Dublin to stay in Dublin, and feel part of it".
Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said he would give homeless families the chance to move out of the city, and receive assistance for doing so, at yesterday's Housing Summit.
Those that are homeless, in emergency accommodation, or on the social housing list would be eligible for the relocation programme.
Doolan says this is not the fix to the housing crisis "The Minister, I am sure, is not foolish enough to believe this is the solution. He needs to work with the city councilors, and Dublin based TD's to put together a comprehensive building programme for Dublin. That''s what we needed to see coming out of the summit yesterday".
Earlier this week, the Department of Housing released figures which showed there were more than 8,000 people without a home throughout the country.
"We need a much bigger, radical approach where we're building social housing in Dublin so families don't feel obliged to leave".