Tag Archives: housing crisis

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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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer.  So Joanna I know you met with the college authorities,  did you get anywhere?  ...

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Mick Barry TD on roots of housing crisis

By Mick Barry TD Just after Christmas, a corpse was found in the grounds of a derelict house in Cork. The head and the arms had been severed from the dead man’s body. The dead man was Frankie Dunne from the Northside of Cork city. Frankie had been homeless and had been living with the Simon Community. He was the ...

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Seething anger at housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke  On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All over the country, hundreds gathered ...

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10,517 (officially) Homeless at Xmas: End this rotten, rigged system

“I attended court with a young homeless boy who had been charged with theft of a bottle of orange, value €1…. A TD, on his way to, or from, his full-time, very well paid job in Brussels, stops by at Dáil Éireann to sign in, so that he can collect his full €51,600 expenses for his attendance in the Dáil.”- ...

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5 reasons to march on 5 December

By Manus Lenihan 60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.     Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day. Kids are queuing in their school uniforms for ...

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O’Devaney Gardens Sell Out by the Greens, Soc Dems and Labour

By Fionn Daly  The ruling administration of Dublin City Council composed of Fianna Fáil, Green Party, Social Democrats and Labour have picked up from where the previous Sinn Féin led administration left off. They’ve agreed to the privatisation of council owned land, in this instance O’Devaney Gardens, in return for a paltry delivery of public housing. As far back as ...

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