Father Peter McVerry has said what everyone knows, but the Government refuses to acknowledge,, that ‘the housing crisis is out of control’.
It’s not just the record number of street sleepers, 184 at the last count, deeply shocking as it is. It is not just the 8,500 plus in emergency accommodation including more than 3000 children, appalling as that is. It is also the knock on effects of the shortage in affordable houses and the soaring rents […]
By Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit, Derry
Access to housing was a key demand of the civil rights movement in the North during the 1960s leading to the creation of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in 1971. Prior to the founding of the NIHE, housing provision was decided upon by local councils. This resulted in widespread discrimation of Catholics in housing allocation, […]
Homelessness is not normal. Living under the constant threat of eviction is not normal either. It should not be normal to pay rent for substandard accommodation, either in the private or the public sector.
Written and collated by Cllr Tina MacVeigh, People Before Profit. Councillor for Crumlin-Kimmage Nor should it be normal for the responsibility of housing provision to be left to the market when we know the market cannot provide this most basic of human needs and this most fundamental right. But this is what is happening. Instead of managing a housing system the government is trying to manage […]
Conchúir Ó Raidaigh writes: As the beginning of a new academic year looms for thousands of Irish students, a now yearly frenzy for accommodation begins.
pic: Hines Binary Hub in Inner City Dublin This time however, it’s worse than any year before, just as it was last year, and the year before that. A chronic shortage of student beds, dire living conditions and record breaking rents are symptoms of the worst housing crisis in the history of the state. In […]
New figures dragged out of the government under the Freedom of Information Act prove it.
Despite all the promises from the government and the talk from Minister Simon Coveney NOTHING is being done to solve the housing crisis. Last year the number of new homes built in the State was just 2076, compared to the Government’s lying claim of 15,000. And out of that 2076 total there were only 848 […]