Tag Archives: Housing

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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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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Homelessness, profiteering & the private market

By Colm McCarthy THE DEATH of three homeless people in Dublin, Kildare and Cork in less than a week at the end of August/beginning of September is just the latest horrific illustration of the ongoing crisis in the country’s rental sector and the housing sector generally. The Peter McVerry Trust estimates that 13 fresh people became homeless everyday in 2016. ...

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Sinn Féin’s message fails to inspire

By Finghín Kelly Many of those voting Sinn Féin in the recent election did so in the belief that the party represented a challenge to the status quo and the establishment. After the election Gerry Adams even made the claim that Sinn Féin were “the main party representing working people”. Accepting neo-liberalism In the debate about ‘fiscal space’ Sinn Féin ...

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Market failure sees homelessness sky rocket

By Dave Murphy The government’s failure to act on the homelessness crisis means the situation has now gotten so bad that at a recent meeting of Dublin City Council it was revealed that there is an €18.5m black-hole in its emergency accommodation budget. Rent controls now! In June alone, 65 families were made homeless in Dublin. This is due to ...

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Government must ban home repossessions by banks

· Profitable state-owned banks should write down mortgage debt · Repossession crisis will become intensify homelessness crisis The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today responded to comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the increase in home repossessions being lodged by banks and the inaction of his government: Ruth Coppinger TD said: “There are bills for repossession lodged on 1,673 family homes ...

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Vultures make a killing on NAMA property

By Diana O’Dwyer A little noted feature of the so-called ‘recovery’ from the banking and property crash is the sell-off of residential and commercial property to international capitalist investors. Typically enough, the impact on the former property-owners and -occupiers has varied enormously, in accordance with their power and wealth and influence over government policy. There was never any bailout for ...

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