Tag Archives: housing crisis

Cork protest against the shame of empty social housing units

By Councillor Fiona Ryan Socialist Party and Solidarity activists organised a successful community protest in Cork City in late August, mobilising over 30 residents calling on Cork City Council to urgently address the large levels of vacancies in their social housing stock.  The protest was organised outside the historic Maddens Buildings, homes reserved solely for older and more vulnerable tenants ...

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5 reasons why capitalism can’t be patched up, and has to go

By Eddie McCabe If the world today seems chaotic and the future looks bleak, try to remember one thing: it’s not you, it’s capitalism.  The accelerating decay of this system is increasing the rate of all kinds of disasters, as well as their intensity. This reality means more hardship for billions of people daily, and devastation for millions. Naturally, it’s ...

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Low pay, high rent: Squeeze on young workers

By Ewan Fitzgerald With society slowly reopening, and with the threat of the Delta variant very present, young workers who have not yet been vaccinated face the most risks to their health as they are forced to return to the workplace. They also still face low wages and high rents, long shifts, and short breaks, and cuts to the PUP ...

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The unending housing crisis: Break with the capitalist market

By Fiona Ryan  The housing crisis is the most urgent issue facing young people today. Two generations face a housing market where homeownership is a fantasy and the ability to rent extortionately priced housing is beyond many people’s grasp. This is fuelled by a feckless political establishment beholden to landlords, speculators and vulture funds. “Build to Rent” developments by investment ...

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What lies behind the Mica scandal?

By Catherine Finnegan Thousands of people marched on Dublin’s Convention Centre on 15 June to call for 100% redress for homes affected by the mineral mica. Over 6,000 homes were built throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with defective blocks containing high levels of mica which has resulted in catastrophic cracks and fissures appearing inside and out of people’s homes ...

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White Paper: “Reformed” and repackaged but still Direct Provision

By Conor Tormey On Friday 26 February, Green Party TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, released the White Paper on the abolition of Direct Provision. This news has been greeted with support from the majority of the parties in the Dáil, however, the Socialist Party believes that this paper does not go nearly far ...

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Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”

Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”  by Eoin Ó Broin, Merrion Press (2019)  Reviewed by Michael O’Brien Though published in early 2019, Sinn Féin’s surge in this year’s general election fuelled a fresh spike in sales of this book pushing it back into the best sellers’ shelves. Eoin Ó Broin has been Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson since ...

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COVID-19: Waive rent and mortgage payments now

The banks have been bailed out to the tune of billions in the last decade. This has been paid for by workers through vicious austerity. The banks have also been gifted generous tax breaks serving to boost their profits by billions. There should be no cuts whatsoever to the incomes of working-class people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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Rising number of young people join the “Locked Out Generation”

By Ollie Bell  The number of young Irish people in their 20s living at home has risen to 47.2% according to research by EU agency Eurofound. Ireland, along with Luxemburg and Romania, have the highest increases in Europe. While throughout other EU countries there was a 2% increase, Ireland saw a 11% increase. According to the report, after the recession ...

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A burning question: Housing crisis & the rule of profit

By Darragh O’Dwyer  The results of the recent general election reflected the deep and widespread desire for real change on a range of issues in Irish society.  Perhaps the most prominent among these was that of housing, a crisis which developed under the Fine Gael and Labour government but which spiralled dramatically out of control under the last four years ...

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