CITY Hall’s housing directorate has said hotels and B&Bs that provide breakfast will be prioritised for people seeking emergency accommodation.
Director of housing Brian Geaney has moved to clarify the local authority’s position after recent media reports suggested there were complaints from homeless people regarding being refused breakfast in certain establishments.
The Echo has learned that there was an incident in the city where individuals who were registered as homeless were refused access to a breakfast area in one establishment because they attended in their pyjamas.
The matter was dealt with by the accommodation’s management and city council housing staff had no role in the refusal.
On foot of a motion from Cllr Tim Brosnan (FF) calling for all people in emergency accommodation to be provided with a breakfast, Mr Geaney said housing staff will endeavour to book rooms that come with breakfast included.
“It is the policy of Cork City Council, when booking emergency accommodation, to include breakfast in the booking whenever this is possible. Breakfast is always provided at the discretion of the accommodation provider concerned.
“At the outset, the housing and community directorate will endeavour to source bed and breakfast accommodation. It may happen, on occasion, particularly when a presentation is made late in the day, that room bookings are the only option available.
“The city council has received one complaint in relation to breakfast not being provided in hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation,” he added.
Cllr Mick Nugent (SF) suggested that Penny Dinners may be engaged with in instances where the city council is only able to provide a “room only” solution.
The city council took over the former HSE-operated Homeless Persons Unit on Drinan St in January.