Thou­sands march in hous­ing protest

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News - Cate McCurry and Alan O’Ke­effe

THOU­SANDS protested on Dublin in a demon­stra­tion or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Home­less and Hous­ing Coali­tion— a col­lec­tive that in­cludes unions and home­less sup­port groups call­ing for bet­ter hous­ing con­di­tions.

It took place days af­ter the Hous­ing De­part­ment re­leased its home­less fig­ures for Oc­to­ber, which now stand at 9,724, an in­crease of 26 peo­ple.

Pro­test­ers gath­ered at the Gar­den of Re­mem­brance be­fore march­ing through the city. Peo­ple Be­fore Profit co-chair­per­son Tina McVeigh said the home­less fig­ures were “only the sharp edge of the wedge”.

Speak­ing to the crowd, she said: “Be­hind those fig­ures are tens of thou­sands of peo­ple all over the coun­try that are af­fected by this cri­sis.

“The poli­cies of this govern­ment do not help the peo­ple and they do not build the pub­lic homes that we need to house our peo­ple.

“Hous­ing Min­is­ter Eoghan Mur­phy and Fine Gael tried to tell us that ev­ery­thing was okay. They talk about the econ­omy and they want us to think we all have highly-paid jobs. They want us to be­lieve that ev­ery­thing is okay. We are say­ing it’s not okay.

“We can’t talk about things be­ing okay when there are 3,725 chil­dren that will spend this Christ­mas in emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

HOME TRUTHS: Marchers in Dublin yes­ter­day

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