Tag Archives: housing crisis

A neo-liberal technocrat: Owen Keegan must go!

By Michael O’Brien, former Dublin City Councillor A snide email response by Owen Keegan to UCD Students Union has rightly drawn condemnation. The latter were rightly pointing out to Keegan the accommodation crisis for students in the city that is in no way being mitigated by totally unaffordable, so-called “purpose-built student accommodation” (PBSA). While the utter lack of professionalism in ...

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100% redress now: Thousands protest against mica scandal

By Jonathan Diebold  On Friday, 8 October, thousands took to the streets of Dublin once again to protest against the scandal surrounding mica. Ordinary working people from Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, and other counties impacted by the issue, made the trip in what was one of the largest protests seen in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, perhaps except ...

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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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