Sinn Féin supports ICTU 'Raise the Roof: Homes for All' rally on October 3rd - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin’s Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has today said that his party "fully and enthusiastically supports the ICTU led 'Raise the Roof: Homes for All' rally" which will take place outside the Dáil on October 3rd at 12.30pm.
The rally will coincide with a cross-party housing motion to be debated in the Dáil later that day.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today the Irish Congress of Trade Unions along with the Union of Students in Ireland, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the National Housing & Homeless Coalition and Fr Peter Mc Verry launched 'Raise the Roof: Homes for All' rally outside the Dáil at 12.30 on October 3rd.
“The call today was also supported by Focus Ireland, Simon Communities of Ireland and a range of other advocacy and campaign groups.
“The rally has been called to support a cross-party Dáil motion on the housing and homeless crisis signed by Sinn Féin, Labour, People Before Profit, Solidarity, The Social Democrats, The Green Party, Independents for Change and Independent members of the Oireachtas.
“Todays civil society initiative is hugely important. It provides people from across the country with a non-partisan space to express the growing demand for a radical change of housing policy and increased investment in social and affordable housing to be included in Budget 2019.
“Fine Gael, facilitated by Fianna Fáil, have given us two budgets which have failed to tackle the growing housing crisis. Indeed much of their actions and inactions have made the crisis worse.
“We need a broad based civil society led movement demanding real change. This is the only ways we can get both Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin to understand that without real investment in public housing, emergency measures to reduce homelessness and tackle the crisis in the rental sector and a constitutional right to housing the crisis, will continue to get worse.
“Raise the Roof: Homes for All has the potential to be a turning point in our housing debate. If we can harness the anger and energy of the broad public it could exert significant pressure on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and force real change.
"I warmly welcome this ICTU led initiative and Sinn Féin will do everything we can to ensure it succeeds.”