Sinn Fein part of the Raise the Roof protest

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

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

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