A national rally for housing has taken place in Dublin City, with organisers urging Government action on the housing crisis. The rally was organised by the Raise the Roof housing campaign group | Read more:
A national rally for housing has taken place in Dublin City, with organisers urging Government action on the housing crisis.
The rally was organised by the Raise the Roof housing campaign group.The rally is organised by the 'Raise the Roof' housing campaign group, which is comprised of trade unions, housing and homeless agencies, women’s groups, political parties, representatives of older people, children’s advocacy groups, community organisations, student unions, traveller groups and academics.Foods we loved but had almost forgotten: Stork, Princes Beef Paste and Fray Bentos pies “We know that rents in this city and in other parts of our country have now gone beyond the salaries of many reasonably paid workers,” she said.Politicians and members of the community walked alongside members of trade unions and other representative groups.
The group includes trade unions, housing and homeless agencies, women’s groups, political parties, representatives of older people, children’s advocacy groups, community organisations, student unions, traveller groups and academics.It is calling for a new housing deal which includes affordable homes and rents that allow households a decent standard of living, as well as protection from eviction, security for tenants and high-quality public housing.Crossing O Connell bridge now #parnellsquare #HousingCrisis pic.Crossing O Connell bridge now #parnellsquare #HousingCrisis pic.A young girl takes part in Saturday's Raise the Roof rally in Dublin.twitter.com/rFJcTYapWN — Joan O'Sullivan (@JoanStories) November 26, 2022 The rally comes a day after homeless figures reached a record high, with more than 11,000 people living in emergency accommodation last month.com/rFJcTYapWN — Joan O'Sullivan (@JoanStories) November 26, 2022 The rally came a day after homeless figures reached a record high, with more than 11,000 people living in emergency accommodation last month.One attendee, Ciaran Noonan, has been renting for 20 years as he can't afford to buy a house in the current market.
The rally started in Parnell Square, before then marching to Merrion Square near Government Buildings, where speeches from union leaders and other campaign groups took place.Protesters gathering here in Parnell square in Dublin preparing to march through the city to demand Government action on housing pic.” Focus Ireland’s Louise Bayliss told the crowd that homelessness, or the threat of it, was no longer something that was confined to the poorest in society.Protesters gathering here in Parnell square in Dublin preparing to march through the city to demand Government action on housing pic.twitter.com/JpELsuFSKw — Joan O'Sullivan (@JoanStories) November 26, 2022 Performances by musicians including Glen Hansard and Lisa O'Neill are also expected.com/JpELsuFSKw — Joan O'Sullivan (@JoanStories) November 26, 2022 Phil Ní Sheaghdha of the INMO said that directors of nursing and midwifery around the country are saying that they cannot recruit.Because they’re renting, they are at risk of homelessness, because there just aren’t the properties,” she said.She said they are losing staff because they"simply cannot afford to live where they are working", particularly those in large urban centres of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Liimerick and midlands towns."The housing crisis is the most important issue that the trade union movement is campaigning on at the moment," Mr Reidy said.Crowd of protestors at Parnell Square.
Ms Ní Sheaghdha said"it's a simple enough equation"."We know that right around the world, nurses and midwives are being recruited, but the employer is providing subsidised accommodation, because they need them, and because they are essential workers and they're also very scarce worldwide." ICTU Campaigns Officer Macdara Doyle said: 'We need secure, affordable homes for all who live and work here.Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.So most employers and most countries are providing subsidised accommodation for them," she said.John Boyle of the Irish National Teachers Organisation said that young members are leaving the country in their thousands.We need a housing system that prioritises public good over private profit.He said the Government has to act decisively.East Wall community activist Joe Mooney addressing the gathering on Merrion Square acknowledged the anger in an area where, he said, the housing policies of the 1930s and 40s had delivered good homes and, with them, a strong community." He also called for better rent controls"that actually bring rents down", as opposed to the current controls which he says hasn't prevented skyrocketing rents.
He said he was at a graduation ceremony today, where many did not turn up because they have left.Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday with Katie Hannon, Mr Matthews, who is also the Chair of the Committee on Housing, said measures such as rent control, introduced in line with inflation, and a temporary ban on evictions are already in place.He said this was down to"failures of Government, who haven't provided houses for them"."There is going to be a crisis in education.Speaking on the same programme, Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said the cap on increases in rent pressure zones has not worked.“Everybody deserves to be accommodated.There are already thousands of jobs unfilled in primary and post primary," he said.Mr Boyle called on the Government to"step up" and make this their number one priority."Their plan is not working and people would not be on the streets today if they felt the plan was working."The competition is crazy", she told Newstalk "I just don't think there's any monitoring of the rent standards in Dublin.
ICTU Campaigns Officer Macdara Doyle said: 'We need secure, affordable homes for all who live and work here.They failed everybody, and everybody who has been failed needs to stand together.Bad policy choices have led us ever deeper into a full-blown emergency.The monthly homeless report found that 7,917 adults and 1,601 families were accessing emergency accommodation last month, including 3,480 children.We need a housing system that prioritises public good over private profit." Brendan Carr, an industrial organiser with SIPTU said that it is clear the Government's housing plan is not working when the latest homelessness figures are taken into account.He said the figures were from October, before emergency measures to ban winter evictions were brought in and that he hopes that more can be done in the next few months to generate more social homes."Many of those people are working, and can't afford a place to rent", he said, adding that the Government needs to take"drastic action" and start building public houses on public land.
"There is something seriously broken in society today where two adults are working and trying to look after their family, and they have to be put into emergency accommodation to keep those kids out of the streets," he said.Mr Varadkar said more homes will be built this year than in any year over the last ten but said some areas are going backwards.Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald joined party members at the rally.She said that the message for Government today is that people are living in a housing emergency.."Government needs to acknowledge that, and respond speedily, efficiently and in an appropriate way," she said.Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin would"deploy the entire apparatus of the State to build the houses people need", and that it would"give security and relief to renters and ensure that people can't be evicted from their homes".
She accused the Government of being"in a state of denial" over the issue."You have a Government in denial.You have young people being told that the grass isn't greener on the other side, and a complete lack of appreciation of how bad this has gotten for some people and how chronic this emergency is," she said.Richard Boyd-Barrett of People Before Profit called on Government to"immediately ramp up delivery of public and affordable housing" and to"stop allowing evictions".Mr Boyd-Barrett said that measures were needed to control rents, the cost of rental accommodation at the moment is"off the charts" and"unaffordable".
"We need them to have a policy that is about housing for people and not corporate landlords", he said.Green Party TD Steven Matthews said that"large-scale peaceful protests" generate action, but he also defended how the Government is tackling the housing crisis.Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday with Katie Hannon, Mr Matthews, who is also the Chair of the Committee on Housing, said measures such as rent control, introduced in line with inflation, and a temporary ban on evictions are already in place.He said he understands the"frustration and anger" being voiced by people attending protests.Speaking on the same programme, Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said the cap on increases in rent pressure zones has not worked.
"The Government keeps missing their targets and yet keep coming out telling us that their plan is working," Mr Kenny said."Their plan is not working and people would not be on the streets today if they felt the plan was working." People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central Bríd Smith said more people in their 30s and 40s are living with their parents because they cannot afford either to buy or rent.The monthly homeless report found that 7,917 adults and 1,601 families were accessing emergency accommodation last month, including 3,480 children.Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien said yesterday's figures were of"grave concern" and that Government needed to"redouble its efforts" to increase social housing supply.
He said the figures were from October, before emergency measures to ban winter evictions were brought in and that he hopes that more can be done in the next few months to generate more social homes.Earlier this week, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he thinks the Government is making progress on housing.Mr Varadkar said more homes will be built this year than in any year over the last decade but said some areas are going backwards.The impact of the eviction ban will not be seen for another month or so, he added.'It's absolutely scandalous' Among those gathered at today's rally was Eileen Currans, an SNA who said she was marching for her children and grandchildren.
"After educating my daughters, they emigrated to get jobs.We were told by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to bring them back.To what? No housing.Currently I have a daughter living with me and her fiancé, and they are saving for a house - not in Dublin because the prices are too high.They're moving to Portlaoise.
" Kate Rallahan, a teacher in Blanchardstown, said the situation is getting worse and worse."We have a situation now in Ireland in 2022 where we have homeless teachers.Teachers living in sheds...
We have to now look at nearly 3,000 homeless children that we are forced to teach in our classes." Mairin Shiels Fanning, a retiree from Co Meath, said she was very concerned for young people in Ireland and felt the Government had not done enough."I can't wait for a general election to put that shower out of power because they can't see the big picture.Our young people are crying out, all our people..
.thousands of people homeless."I was a primary school teacher - my whole focus was on young people...
young people living without homes without dreams...it's absolutely scandalous." One protester holding a sign saying 'This is the Rainy Day' had travelled up from West Cork for today's protest.
"I came up from Schull.Like most of my generation, I've had problems renting - been dumped out of accommodation twice over the last two years."I work a good job, my wife works a good job.We can't afford the most basic kind of house in our area.We've delayed having a family.
..waiting, waiting waiting.I'm just fed up." Andrew Kelly said he had waited ten years to get social housing.
"Eleven years ago I was homeless.I changed my life around, had two kids...and I don't want them growing up having the fear of being homeless.
Housing should be a right.That's why I'm here today." Aisling, a UCD student from Tipperary, said that a lot of students cannot get accommodation."A lot of people are in digs and getting caught in scams so it's important that everyone, especially students, can get access to housing and especially at an affordable price as well because some of them are paying enormous amounts of money for things that aren't even standard student accommodation.".
The same people that want to seize property property also want open borders and more people. Make it make sense. 😰Capital of Ireland😡 u never see this situation even third world Countries😰Where we have Gone😰😡😰 Building houses and shipping in people from every corner they can reach - the Irish don’t matter anymore
Oh the irony 😂😂😂 They’re all moving in with siblings, sleeping on sofas and have good jobs but can’t get a house. Can you all hear yourselves in 🤡🌍 😂😂😂😂😂 Can’t understand why there not at the politicians doors? Mid ulster is swopped Look what happened this week when a 62 year old man had brothels 27
Establishment march, civil servants on overtime. 'Homes for all'. No wonder RTE are so keen to report on it. Even though it criticises their sacred cow government, the propaganda is in the right direction! Go on our state broadcaster! You're not a shower of immoral and irredeemable scum at all! :D IrelandisFull
Using Green Party & IPCC own data we know they have constantly misrepresented & lied 2 the public on behalf of the Irish gov EU & UN 2 further their lies 2 line the pockets of climate crisis multinationals. C link to full documentary to uncover the truth. Mary lou protesting with the crowd . While her and her government friends flood the country with illigal emigrants , judas!
Housing rally under way in Dublin cityA national rally for housing is taking place in Dublin City this afternoon, with organisers urging Government action on the housing crisis. The elephant in the room is the hundreds of thousands of people arriving into the country every year looking for accommodation. The organisers are TDs who voted to close the economy for two years, then voted for higher energy bills and carbon taxes. Oh and they all support infinity immigration into Ireland. This is pantomime. Not a protest. The protest is at EastWall IrelandisFull All run by the fake opposition parties
Another year another protest yet problem keeps growing, where is the action;definitely not coming from this government/rich getting richer Any march to support hard pressed taxpaying, homeowning mortgage payers. Well done! Your an example to the Irish ppl!! fiannafailparty OgraFiannaFail yfg FineGael MichealMartinTD PresidentIRL LeoVaradkar DarraghOBrienTD …time to listen up!
Don’t let the name fool you or the fake opposition! A front for Marxists! RoryHearneGaffs The housing / homeless crisis did not happen ‘overnight’,it started decades ago when the Irish government chose to stop building social housing&began privatising public land&services! labour policies (2011-2016) only accentuated the housing / homeless (1) RaiseTheRoof
RTE reporting... 🤡and nobody far right 😂 so fake protect and waste of space/time! People are seeing through SF. They have supported every policy in Ireland for decades which constrained housing development, plus the import of hundreds of thousands if migrants to help create the crisis they now want your vote to 'solve'. Pathetic.
Do yeer job as responsible media and investigate mary lou mcdonald and the dubious house extension, house in florida and France, connections with monk and other criminals it's not difficult to do maths, money doesn't grow on trees 😉 Bad actors, NGO’s and Commie 💩 Hahaha its the organisers of this March that are for open border..so what are they on about..surely than can tell there correlation between the 2 ?
Social homes on public land essential to address housing crisis, rally in Dublin toldNurses, midwives, teachers, guards and others paying 50% of their salary in rent, union leader says What about workers in the private sector? They pay rent as-well. Post 2013 pensions are going to cripple any public sector worker in the future. It is one of the main reasons why it is so hard to recruit anyone these days. Why bother!?
Hotel owners taking healthy men unchecked rapists and nounces...omg I hope they excrete on your carpets. Many from the UK Come to Ireland and Work!! All those bus loads off doctors and Nurses!!! Not Sick off unchecked EU rapists and God knows what esle been dumped in poorer areas off Ireland!! And hotels who take healthy unvetted persons should be bigoted forever and Ever!!
The lying R.T.E standing behind the communist's Government. Beware they are trying to take your property rights away. Nothing but shameful under finnafal finnagal and the greens hang your heads in nothing but shame the Irish people and the whole of Ireland have to stop putting this government finnafal finnagal in to power in Ireland finnafal finnagal going into power together is over
Are they far right?
Government prioritising landlords over renters, housing rally hearsHundreds marched in Dublin today, asking the government to take action on the housing crisis. Attendees shared experiences of decades of renting and 'crazy' competition for the few properties available. The chosen Left socialist agenda strikes again... Misleading the public's opinion in a specific direction. 🤡🤡⤵️ That's whats next ❗❗buyers beware. Views be advised, strong language That means he was renting during the time when housing prices collapsed, why not purchase then ?
I hope the people of Ireland don’t give this government another vote because they don’t care about their own people *Hand rubbing intensifies* Notice there’s only Irish people there. Everyone else is housed. So so wrong. How can the people working in this government sleep at night? Disgusting LauraHoganTV The problem is fixable, encourage private landlords through tax breaks, because expecting the Government to “provide” housing for all in Ireland is nonsense. Ireland’s government & its agencies couldn’t organise a raffle.
There is an urgent need to teach more about how democracy works in Irish schools! Whatever you do don’t mention the elephant in the room, that we are housing the world here, but our own are back of the queue A rally unfortunately taken over by politicians and bluffers. This rally should be just for the people.
This event was a government sponsored distraction to the focus away from the plantation of East Wall. Distraction. Where's your mask Phil Ni Sheaghdha! Another spoofer!!!
Protest and concert calling for action on housing crisis takes place in DublinThe rally started at Parnell Square and made its way to Government Buildings where a number of speeches were made. So it's safe to say that 99.9% of the population didn't attend the rally even though the media didn't their very best to promote it State sponsored event to draw attention away from the plantation of East Wall. Your house will be seized by FG/FG and you will enjoy it. Abdul and Mohammad from Ukraine need it more than you do.
Laughable. When’s the next walk blocking traffic ? There was more people at the Meath intermediate final last month and and the rest of the media gave it little or no coverage. WHAT DO WE WANT? 📢 HOUSES WHO DO WE WANT THEM FOR? 📢 THE WHOLE WORLD No such thing as an opposition party in Ireland, they all sing from the same hymn sheet. All afraid to mention the elephant in the room EastWall
Small turnout says it all from the people of Dublin. Finally Ireland !!! There simply aren't enough choppers for all these communists, pity. All those Far Right people !!!!
Thousands take to Dublin streets to highlight housing crisisThousands of people have taken part in a protest in Dublin to highlight the country’s housing crisis, with demonstrators calling for immediate action from the Government to address the shortage of housing.
Protest and concert in Dublin this afternoon calling for action on housing crisisMusicians Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Donal Lunny, Brendan Begley, and Laura Quirke are all set to perform during the rally Anytime now it will change... Journalism People too busy shopping for this. Blanchardstown SC was packed last Saturday. Hard to get a parking spot. Looking at who is in the front row..no thanks