No to Private Housing on Public Land

No to Private Housing on Public Land

People Before Profit Dublin City Councillor, Tina MacVeigh, reports on how the City Council is misusing public land for private profit. Two years ago a proposal was put to the members of the Dublin City Council Housing Policy Committee. A number of large sites, vacant, owned by the Council were to be developed for housing. […]

Rent Controls Now!

Rent Controls Now!

The housing and homelessness crisis gets worse by the day.  The Simon Communities have stated that the national figures, released for July, show that there are 6,525 people in emergency accommodation; a year-on-year increase of 40%.This includes 2,348 children, a year-on-year increase of 70%. Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust  has said […]

Bray homeless men fight back

n Thursday 5th of May 1916 the lie of the recovery became apparent in Bray when two men Tommy and Jay presented themselves as homeless to the council. Both men were previously living in the rented Brighton House men's shelter which the council terminated at the end of March 2016.

Bray homeless men fight back

Violet Wilkin of Bray People Before Profit reports On Thursday 5th of May 1916 the lie of the recovery became apparent in Bray when two men Tommy and Jay presented themselves as homeless to the council. Both men were previously living in the rented Brighton House men’s shelter which the council terminated at the end […]

Tyrrelstown Tenants battle Vampire Squid

Tyrrelstown Tenants battle Vampire Squid

The threat to throw families out of their homes following a deal between a vulture fund and a pair of greedy developers exposes the most unacceptable  face of capitalism. Tenants of 208 houses in Cruise Park, Tyrrelstown residents are receiving eviction notices to quit their rented accommodation from Twinlite, a company owned by indebted developers […]

1872-2016: 144 Years of the Housing Crisis

In the latest in our series on socialist classics James Grannell reviews Frederick Engels: The Housing Question, (1872)

1872-2016: 144 Years of the Housing Crisis

‘It is perfectly clear that the existing state is neither able nor willing to do anything to remedy the housing difficulty. The state is nothing but the organized collective power of the possessing classes, the landowners and the capitalists as against the exploited classes, the peasants and the workers. What the individual capitalists (and it […]

Ireland’s Shame – the Housing Crisis

Everyday the politicians, RTE and the newspapers tell us the Irish economy is in ‘recovery’. ‘We’ are all supposed to be getting better off. Every week some Government Minister leaks new information about some give away they have planned to bribe the electorate, who they’ve, been robbing for five years, in the pre-election budget.

Ireland’s Shame – the Housing Crisis

Everyday the politicians, RTE and the newspapers tell us the Irish economy is in ‘recovery’. ‘We’ are all supposed to be getting better off. Every week some Government Minister leaks new information about some give away they have planned  to bribe the electorate, who they’ve, been robbing for five years,  in the pre-election budget. And […]

Defend Public Assets in Northern Ireland

The sell-off of public assets in the North is in full swing. The latest resource on the chopping board is the Waterfront and Ulster Hall, two Belfast City Council run venues in Belfast. On Friday 21st August, at the Council's Strategic Policy and Resource Committee, a majority of councillors voted for the creation of a "Council Owned Company" to oversee the running of the Waterfront and Ulster Hall.

Defend Public Assets in Northern Ireland

The sell-off of public assets in the North is in full swing. The latest resource on the chopping board is the Waterfront and Ulster Hall, two Belfast City Council run venues in Belfast. On Friday 21st August, at the Council’s Strategic Policy and Resource Committee, a majority of councillors voted for the creation of a […]

Housing Crisis, the US General, and the New Goldman Sachs

Just how far has the Labour Party has travelled on the road to worshiping at the neoliberal altar can be seen in Minister Alan Kelly’s housing strategy. Kelly has accepted the general neoliberal law that Governments can’t provide any service, be it health, education or housing, for their citizens without enlisting the expertise, dynamism and efficiency of the Market. Thus, his housing strategy relies completely on both the private rented sector for the bulk of its provision with private speculatively built housing by developers meant to provide the rest. Local Authorities will remain underfunded, and the stock of social housing will remain marginal.

Housing Crisis, the US General, and the New Goldman Sachs

Just how far has the Labour Party has travelled on the road to worshiping at the neoliberal altar can be seen in Minister Alan Kelly’s housing strategy. Kelly has accepted the general neoliberal law that Governments can’t provide any service, be it health, education or housing, for their citizens without enlisting the expertise, dynamism and […]

As crisis worsens NAMA funds luxury homes

With over a hundred thousand households still in need of social housing the real priorities of the Government and state can be seen in the workings of NAMA. In an extraordinary scandal the state agency continues to fund bankrupted developers who specialise in luxury homes for Irelands wealthy. This coincides with a ‘tsunami’ of house repossessions as the housing crisis worsens for ordinary people

As crisis worsens NAMA funds luxury homes

With over a hundred thousand households still in need of social housing the real priorities of the Government and state can be seen in the workings of NAMA. In an extraordinary scandal the state agency continues to fund bankrupted developers who specialise in luxury homes for Irelands wealthy. This coincides with a ‘tsunami’ of house […]

Housing and homelessness crisis escalates

The housing crisis is getting worse by the day.

Housing and homelessness crisis escalates

The housing crisis is getting worse by the day. On Monday 24 August it was reported that about 556 homeless families, including 1,185 children, were in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland. There has been a housing crisis […]