Tag Archives: Housing

Student accommodation crisis: we need public homes now!

By Ollie Bell It is no secret that Ireland is currently facing a housing crisis, but according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the student accommodation crisis is worse than ever. With long waiting lists and high rents, students are now exploring the options of living in B&Bs, hostels and hotels.  If public transport is an option then ...

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“Housing for All” plan: Repackaging a failed model

By James McCabe  For so long we’ve been told that if we work hard enough, we can attain a comfortable standard of living or at the very least be able to afford the security of a roof over our head. Yet so many people are now in a situation where they can’t guarantee where they will be living from one ...

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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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Sweden: Government falls over market rents. Victory for the struggle

By Elin Gauffin, national spokesperson for the campaign ‘No to market rents’ and Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna — our sister organisation in Sweden Monday, June 21, 2021, became a historic day in Sweden. For the first time ever, a prime minister has been defeated out after the Riksdag voted in favour of no-confidence. It is the struggle from below against market rents ...

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Ban on evictions & rent increases lifted as the housing crisis continues

By Councillor Fiona Ryan The government has recently ended its blanket ban on evictions, opening the way for predatory landlords to evict and increase rents. This is at a time when unemployment remains at 25% and youth unemployment at 59%. With young people making up more than half of the unemployed, this is a potential disaster for those who are ...

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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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