MOTHER AND CHILD SLEEP ON SOFA AS DÁIL DEBATE RAGES
FINGAL TDS ADD VOICES TO DÁIL DEBATE ON HOUSING CRISIS
WHILE thousands that protested against the housing crisis at Leinster House, last week as a Dáil debate raged over whether the crisis should be deckared a national emergency, a mother and daughter presented to a Fingal TD’S clinic who were sleeping on a sofa in a famly member’s home.
Deputy Louise O’reilly TD (SF) said: ‘It was quite telling that on the very day of the protest, a mother of one presented at one of my clinics in Fingal looking for assistance, as both herself and her daughter were sleeping on a sofa in a family members overcrowded house as she could not find a self-accommodating bed for the night.’
She commended the organisers of the Raise the Roof rally last Wednesday outside the Dáil and said: ‘The 20,000 people who gathered outside the Dáil today were there to tell this Government that their housing policy is not working and that they demand better.
‘They represented hundreds of thousands more people. All the young people locked out of secure and affordable accommodation. Families from across the State trapped in emergency accommodation and single people stuck in hostels or rough sleeping.
‘They also represented the workers paying more than 30% of their income on rent or mortgages, the Travellers living in squalor and migrants living in appalling conditions or trapped in direct provision.’
Addressing the motion being debated in the Dáil she said: ‘The motion sponsored by Solidarity/pbp, Sinn Féin, The Green Party, Independents 4 Change, Labour and other Independents reflects the demands of the marchers on the Dáil. It was signed by 47 opposition TDS.
‘It calls on the government to declare an emergency, to double capital investment in public housing to meet social and affordable housing need and to increase the stock of public housing by 15,000 units next year.
‘It also calls for emergency measures to stem the flow of families into homelessness, to take action to halt the rental crisis and to pass legislation to allow the holding of a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the Constitution’
She warned there would be further protests if crisis is not tackled, saying: ‘Today was just the beginning of Raise the Roof and we will not stop until we have a government that delivers secure and affordable homes.’
A number of local TDS contributed to the debate that saw the motion pass.
Deputy Louise O’reilly TD