Sinn Fein part of the Raise the Roof protest
LOUTH TD Gerry Adams was joined by Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú and Cllr Anne Campbell outside the gates of Leinster House for the Raise the Roof rally to protest at government failure to delivery social and affordable housing.
Speaking in the Dáil on the all-party motion Gerry Adams said:
“I want to commend all of those who took part in the Raise the Roof protest. It was a great demonstration. Those who assembled outside Leinster House were showing their anger at the government’s shameful attitude to almost 4,000 children in emergency accommodation.
“According to Daft.ie, Louth has witnessed the greatest annual increase in rental costs. The July figures from the Department of Housing revealed that the number of adults homeless in the North-East region, including Louth, has remained unchanged since July of last year. Clearly the government’s housing strategy is not working.
‘ This year, fewer social homes owned by local authorities and approved housing bodies will be delivered by the Government than last year.’
Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú said: “There are thousands of households on the housing waiting list in Louth. Without the construction of significant numbers of quality, and affordable public housing many will languish on that list for years.
‘We are in the midst of an unprecedented housing emergency. It is a crisis that has this Government has refused to confront.’
Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Gerry Adams TD, Aaron Byrne DkIT Students’ Union and Cllr Anne Campbell at the Raise the Roof rally in Dublin