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Sinn Féin seek to enshrine right to housing in the Constitution

10 November, 2003

Sinn Féin will hold a press conference in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, tomorrow Tuesday November 11th at 10.30am to outline details of the party's Private Members' motion to the Dáil that evening which seeks to have the right to housing enshrined in the Constitution.

Speaking in advance of the Press Conference, Sinn Fein's spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government, Arthur Morgan TD said:

"Sinn Fein is confident that an overwhelming majority of the people of this State would support the enshrinement of the right to housing in the 1937 Constitution. The current government has consistently failed to address the housing crisis which has become progressively worse during its six year reign. It has become obvious that the absence of a constitutional protection for the right to housing has played a significant role in allowing the government to get away with not acting in the interests of the homeless and others affected by the housing crisis. We hope the Government will accept the Bill and that a referendum on the issue will be brought before the people at an early date".

Also attending the press conference will be Sinn Féin Dáil Leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD, Marylou McDonald -Sinn Féin EU candidate for Dublin - and Mary Nelis MLA - Sinn Féin's housing spokesperson in the Six Counties. ENDS

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