State must con­trol and man­age the hous­ing sup­ply, says TD Casey Funds for art projects

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THE STATE must con­trol and, cru­cially, man­age hous­ing sup­ply in Ire­land, Fi­anna Fáil Deputy Pat Casey told the Dáil. ‘I be­lieve that hous­ing is a right that every cit­i­zen should ex­pect the State to sup­ply it as part of the so­cial con­tract be­tween Govern­ment and the cit­i­zen,’ he said. ‘It is my strong con­vic­tion that the State must con­trol and sup­ply hous­ing for rent and af­ford­able sale to ci­ti­zens.’

Speak­ing dur­ing a de­bate on a Sinn Fein Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill on hous­ing, Deputy Casey said Fi­anna Fáil, in a prin­ci­pled and prag­matic ef­fort to se­cure hous­ing units for pub­lic use, in­tro­duced the Part V process. This process was con­tro­ver­sial at the time, with many el­e­ments of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try op­posed to it.

‘Orig­i­nally, the Part V process al­lowed for up to 20% of new hous­ing units to be pro­vided as pub­lic hous­ing,’ he said. ‘De­spite its suc­cess, it needed to be re­viewed and amended. How­ever, Fine Gael made the mis­take of re­duc­ing the Part V re­quire­ment to 10% from 20%, a 50% re­duc­tion, thereby con­tribut­ing to the wors­en­ing of hous­ing sup­ply. Its com­mit­ment to ide­ol­ogy re­sulted in shrink­ing the pub­lic stock of hous­ing com­ing on stream when houses were most needed. Fine Gael’s in­abil­ity to take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure that every fam­ily and per­son in this coun­try could have a home is an­other fail­ure of pub­lic pol­icy.’

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try in Ire­land is en­gaged in its en­tirety in the pri­vate sec­tor, he said. This fact is not ide­o­log­i­cal.

‘It is not ne­olib­eral or cap­i­tal­ist; it is just the truth. Quan­tity sur­vey­ors, plant ma­chin­ery oper­a­tors, brick­lay­ers, car­pen­ters, elec­tri­cians and plum­bers are en­gaged with pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ers, or are self-em­ployed, to build the houses the peo­ple need.’

‘The es­sen­tial so­lu­tion is so easy as to be frus­trat­ing to so many peo­ple,’ he added. ‘We need a mas­sive in­crease in the sup­ply of houses, par­tic­u­larly pub­licly-owned hous­ing, and af­ford­able houses for sale. In­creas­ing the sup­ply of hous­ing means that we must in­crease the num­ber of new hous­ing units con­structed.’ ARTISTS are be­ing asked to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for the sixth an­nual Strate­gic Projects in Wick­low.

The project which are be­ing run by Wick­low County Arts Of­fice aims to boost the arts of­fer­ing in the county.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing in­vited from artists, na­tional re­source or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­di­vid­ual cu­ra­tors, and/or artist col­lec­tives who have the po­ten­tial to pro­pose projects which will nur­ture prac­tice, cre­ate con­nec­tiv­ity, gen­er­ate new per­spec­tives and voices within County Wick­low and sup­port a di­ver­sity of ap­proach.

In 2019 there will be two streams of ap­pli­ca­tion. Un­der Stream A pro­pos­als should be for new ini­tia­tives which add sig­nif­i­cant value to arts prac­tice, ex­pe­ri­ence and par­tic­i­pa­tion in Wick­low and sup­port the Arts Of­fice strate­gic goals.

Un­der Stream B the coun­cil will also con­sider re­peat ap­pli­ca­tions for ex­ist­ing re­cip­i­ents who wish to con­sol­i­date or de­velop an area of prac­tice pre­vi­ously awarded un­der this Scheme.

The Scheme is open to in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions from across all arts dis­ci­plines, and ap­pli­cants need not be based in County Wick­low. Re­flect­ing the bal­ance of other el­e­ments of the Arts Of­fice pro­gramme, the Arts Of­fice would par­tic­u­larly wel­come strong ap­pli­ca­tions in the art­form ar­eas of lit­er­a­ture, film, dance, artist devel­op­ment, mu­sic and the vis­ual arts.

Ex­am­ples of pos­si­ble out­comes from pro­posed projects may in­clude the fol­low­ing: Devel­op­ment of the artist col­lec­tive(s)/com­mu­nity(ies) of prac­tice within Wick­low County; In­ter-re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tions by County Wick­low based artists for work to cul­mi­nate in pre­sen­ta­tion in the county; Devel­op­ment and/or pre­sen­ta­tion of am­bi­tious new work sited/sit­u­ated in the county; Projects which will cre­ate strate­gic con­nec­tions for art­form devel­op­ment; Those which pro­pose high qual­ity pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties; Projects which may in­crease artists’ net­work­ing and pro­fes­sional ex­change.

The to­tal amount of the fund avail­able is sub­ject to fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the Coun­cil’s own fund­ing for 2019 but is likely to be a max­i­mum of €40,000.

The Arts Of­fice may fund up to four in­di­vid­ual projects to a max­i­mum of €15,000 for any one ap­pli­ca­tion as a re­sult of this call. The Arts Of­fice will par­tic­u­larly wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions where the sup­port from the Arts Of­fice may form part of a wider bud­getary frame­work for the ini­tia­tives pro­posed by ap­pli­cants. For ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact [email protected] The clos­ing date is Thurs­day De­cem­ber 6 at 4 p.m.

O’Reilly’s Hard­ware in Wick­low town has won the Best In­ter­nal Brand­ing Award at this year’s Hard­ware Re­tail Awards. Barry O’Reilly, above right, ac­cepted the award from rugby pun­dit and Ex­pert Hard­ware brand am­bas­sador Brent Pope. A spokesper­son for Ex­pert Hard­ware con­grat­u­lated the staff at O’Reilly’s Hard­ware.

TD Pat Casey.

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