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Ellis calls on public to support Sinn Féin Housing Day of Action

21 October, 2016 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has called on the public to come out and show their support as Sinn Féin holds a Day of Action on the housing crisis across Dublin.

The series of demonstrations will take place across Dublin tomorrow.

Deputy Ellis said:

“Ireland is in the grip of a housing crisis. Nowhere is this more palpable then in the capital city. The entire housing system is broken.  The spiralling coast of rents is pushing families into poverty and in many cases homelessness. 

“There are now 4,000 adults and 2,300 children living in emergency accommodation.

“There are approximately 140,000 households on local authority waiting lists across the state, 45,000 of these in Dublin.

“Capital spending on social housing remains less than half what it was in 2008.

“Sinn Féin is demanding rent certainty, security of tenure and most of all calling for the government to be more ambitious and invest more than €150m additional in 2017 to increase supply of social housing.

“Sinn Féin has shown that this can be done. In our Alternative Budget, we proposed an increase capital funding to local authorities in 2017 by €315 million.

“In total, we would deliver more than 8,000 real social housing units - twice what the government is proposing.

“The report from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive shows there are 2,988 individuals homeless in Dublin city. While 1,357 adults with 2,065 children are also homeless. 

“There was a 65% increase in the number of homeless families in Dublin in the 12 months to September 2016.

“The crisis in our capital is reflective of a wider homelessness crisis throughout the state.

“People are homeless not because of some unknown event or phenomenon. The homeless crisis exists because of the policies and decisions of government. Any objective analysis would show that these decisions have and are pushing low and middle income earners closer to the prospect of being made homeless.

“It is time for a radically different approach to the housing crisis. It is time for real action.

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