Tag Archives: Housing

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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Homelessness, profiteering & the private market

By Colm McCarthy THE DEATH of three homeless people in Dublin, Kildare and Cork in less than a week at the end of August/beginning of September is just the latest horrific illustration of the ongoing crisis in the country’s rental sector and the housing sector generally. The Peter McVerry Trust estimates that 13 fresh people became homeless everyday in 2016. ...

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Sinn Féin’s message fails to inspire

By Finghín Kelly Many of those voting Sinn Féin in the recent election did so in the belief that the party represented a challenge to the status quo and the establishment. After the election Gerry Adams even made the claim that Sinn Féin were “the main party representing working people”. Accepting neo-liberalism In the debate about ‘fiscal space’ Sinn Féin ...

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Market failure sees homelessness sky rocket

By Dave Murphy The government’s failure to act on the homelessness crisis means the situation has now gotten so bad that at a recent meeting of Dublin City Council it was revealed that there is an €18.5m black-hole in its emergency accommodation budget. Rent controls now! In June alone, 65 families were made homeless in Dublin. This is due to ...

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