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Ó Broin welcomes Mercy Law Centre Right to Housing Report

4 May, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the publication of a report on the right to housing by the Mercy Law Centre. Speaking after the launch of the report, Deputy Ó Broin also said that Sinn Féin would be shortly launching a Bill that seeks to put the right to housing into the Constitution.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

‘I warmly welcome the report published by the Mercy Law Centre on the right to housing. The report presents a compelling case as to why the incoming Government must enshrine the right to housing in the Constitution.

‘Sinn Féin has drafted a Bill that seeks to put the right to housing into the Constitution and will be launching this in the coming days.

‘The report outlines the domestic, European Union and International legal context in which any such a right would operate. 

‘The report makes clear that enshrining the right to housing in the Constitution, would not mean the right to a key to a home for all. Rather it would put in place a floor of protection and require the state in its laws and policies to reasonably protect that right.

‘The Mercy Law Centre is one of the state’s leading housing rights agencies and has a comprehensive knowledge of both housing law and policy. Their strong advice to the incoming Government should not be ignored.

‘Given that the Constitutional Convention has already deliberated on this matter and agreed by over 80% on such a right, the incoming Government should include in its programme for government the holding of a referendum on this matter.’ ENDS

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