Tag Archives: Housing

Nevada homelessness – a picture of US capitalism today

By Harper Cleves In the last weekend of March, images of a parking lot converted into a homeless shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada sparked outrage. The images of the make-shift shelter are stark and are illustrative of the grotesque inequalities that lie at the heart of US capitalism.   Human beings lie directly on asphalt, or on thin blue foam sheets ...

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Housing crisis in a pandemic

By Andrea Murray Covid-19 has plunged the world into a situation of unparalleled uncertainty and anxiety, for none more so than those already suffering from the housing crisis. In January this year, there were officially 10,271 homeless people in Ireland. The number of homeless families had increased by 302% to 1,611 since 2015. More than one in three people in ...

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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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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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From bad to worse: The student accommodation crisis

By Aindriú de Buitléir Every September students throw themselves back into another year of study and stress, particularly as demand for accommodation is high, while supply is at a record low. Students will increasingly have to choose their college preference not solely based on CAO offers but on the availability and affordability of accommodation.  Many students are forced to work ...

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Local & Euro Elections 2019: Green Surge & Lacklustre Performance for Political Establishment

A very significant surge for the Greens, huge loss of seats for Sinn Fein, and losses for the Left were the headline stories of Local and European Elections May 2019. While the elections absolutely did not represent any ringing endorsement for the Government or political establishment, the combination of the impact of a late Greens surge, and a low turnout amongst the harder pressed sections of the working class, impinged significantly on the Left’s vote.

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Shining a light on the rigged capitalist economy

By Megan Brady The State We Are In: Inequality in Ireland Today, a report recently published by TASC, an economic think-tank, has shone a spotlight on the appalling levels of inequality that exist in Ireland today. These inequalities are a direct result of the capitalist system we are currently living under. In an age of precarity, when workers’ labour is ...

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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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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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