Tag Archives: housing crisis

“Co-Living” means innovated bedsits!

By Matt Waine The decision over the summer by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for 208 “Co-Living” accommodation units in Dun Laoghaire, marks a new low in government housing policy, while a new high in homeless figures was recorded. The two are intricately linked. The homeless crisis is big business – and developers are making a killing.  Merchants of ...

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Housing crisis: An indictment of the capitalist market

  By Colm McCarthy The housing crisis is one of the greatest indictments of this government, and indeed of the capitalist market they represent. In February the official homelessness figures crossed 10,000, despite increasingly desperate attempts by the government to use creative accounting tricks to remove categories that would previously have been included from the official stats. The March figures ...

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Vote 1 Rita Harrold: A Socialist Feminist Voice for Workers, Women & the Planet

This is the text of Rita Harrold’s leaflet for the European election campaign in Dublin that will be distributed to 250,000 homes in Dublin.  Let Us Rise!– Public Need Not Private Greed “The water charges and repeal movements show things can change. Rita Harrold & the Socialist Party were in the front-line of those victories. The nurses have also shown ...

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Euro elections: Vote no.1 Rita Harrold

From the housing crisis, to the cervical cancer scandal, to climate change – capitalism’s profit motive clashes with the needs of the majority. I’m Rita Harrold a 29 year old childminder from Crumlin & a longstanding Socialist Party activist. I’ve been involved in the anti water charges movement, in standing with workers most recently on the nurses and paramedics picket ...

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Leeside Residents: Inspiring victory against vulture funds

By Councillor Fiona Ryan The year and a half long struggle of the residents of the Leeside Apartments in Cork City, against the vulture fund which purchased the distressed property in 2017, culminated in a victory this month. The large apartment block with the capacity to house over 75 households was sold to Cluid Housing Association and funded in cooperation ...

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Review of Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie

Rosie, Tiff, 2018, Directed by Paddy Breathnach Reviewed by Grace Gageby The housing crisis in Ireland today has created an increasing precarity for an entire generation. The Fine Gael government has presided over the normalisation of sky rocketing rents, slum landlordism, young people locked out of the housing market, people sleeping rough on the street with emergency accommodation services at breaking point, ...

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Private profiteering leads to school closures

By Councillor Matt Waine The school crisis that has emerged in the last week is a disaster. 1,200 pupils now have nowhere to go, parents have been left in limbo wondering how they will manage and all the vital sports, childcare and community groups, including Foroige services, are now homeless, unable to provide the services that so many rely on. ...

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Enough is enough: Mass movement needed to win housing for all

By Matthew Waine “The Land Development Agency is a Government intervention that is 50 years overdue and which, in time, I believe will be seen to be as significant as the decision to establish the ESB, Aer Lingus or the IDA.” These are the words of Leo Varadkar announcing the launch of the Land Development Agency. It is a fitting ...

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Our crisis. Their profits- Protests shine light on housing crisis

By Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry Ten thousand people attended a lunchtime protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday, Oct 3 to protest Government inaction on the growing housing crisis and demand change. The protest was called by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the National Homeless and Housing coalition  –  a coalition of student unions, ...

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Take back the city: Build a mass movement for housing

The following article is from the latest issue of The Socialist about how we can build a mass movement for public housing for all. It was written before the brutal attack by Gardaí and private security thugs on the occupation in North Frederick Street, which sparked a spontaneous protest of over 1,000 on the streets of Dublin City centre.   By Mick ...

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