Meet­ing on hous­ing prob­lems

Bray People - - NEWS -

LEE'S OF Kil­coole hosted a pub­lic meet­ing on the hous­ing cri­sis in mod­ern Ire­land last Wed­nes­day, April 2.

The event was hosted by People Be­fore Profit can­di­date Jac­qui John­ston and fea­tured a guest speaker in the form of Dr. Kieran Allen, Se­nior Lec­turer at the School of So­ci­ol­ogy in UCD and the au­thor of ‘Marx and the Al­ter­na­tive to Cap­i­tal­ism'.

There were calls at the meet­ing for the Govern­ment to take ur­gent mea­sures to ad­dress this prob­lem, given their will­ing­ness to bail out the bank­ing sec­tor.

Nu­mer­ous con­cerns were also ex­pressed from the floor, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing a home due to mort­gage stress, the short­age of rental ac­com­mo­da­tion within the county, the fact that a lot of hous­ing will no longer ac­cept rent al­lowance, lengthy lo­cal author­ity hous­ing lists and the threat of home­less­ness.

To rem­edy these is­sues, so­lu­tions dis­cussed at the meet­ing in­cluded im­ple­ment­ing an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of so­cial hous­ing con­struc­tion to re­duce wait­ing lists and gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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