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Men and women of Easter week did not envision mothers bringing up children in hotel rooms - Mary Lou McDonald TD

27 March, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald has pledged Sinn Féin’s support for a protest against homelessness which is taking place today, Easter Sunday and coincides with the 1916 Centenary commemorations.

The protest has been organised by Erica Fleming who is currently living in a hotel room with her young daughter.

Deputy McDonald said the republic that the men and women of 1916 fought and died for did not envision mothers bringing their children up in hotel rooms due to a lack of housing.

Deputy McDonald said;

“I think it is only right and fitting that this protest takes place on Easter Sunday morning one hundred years after the 1916 Rising not least because it shows what many of us already know, that the republic proclaimed in 1916 remains to be achieved, that the cause of the men and women of 1916 remains unfinished business.

“The republic that the men and women of 1916 fought and died for did not envision mothers bringing up their children in hotel rooms due to a lack of housing.

“So let all those who commemorate the rising this weekend and throughout this centenary year commit to the ideals of those heroes, to the full implementation of the proclamation and to bringing an end to the housing crisis and the scandal of mothers raising their children in hotel rooms.

“That is Sinn Féin’s commitment and it should be the commitment of all those who genuinely believe in the republic that was proclaimed one hundred years ago.”

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