Raise the Roof rally today was just the beginning – Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commended the organisers of today’s Raise the Roof rally.
Speaking today during a Dáil debate on a cross party housing motion to coincide with the rally Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The 20,000 people who gathered outside the Dáil today were there to tell this government that their housing policy is not working and that they demand better.
“They represented hundreds of thousands more people. All the young people locked out of secure and affordable accommodation. Families trapped in emergency accommodation and single people stuck in hostels or rough sleeping.
“They also represented the workers paying more than 30% of their income on rent or mortgages, the Travellers living in squalor and migrants living in appalling conditions or trapped in direct provision.
“The motion today drafted and sponsored by Solidarity/PBP, Sinn Féin, The Green Party, Independents 4 Change, Labour and other Independents reflects the demands of the marchers on the Dáil today. It was signed by 47 opposition TDs.
“It calls on the government to declare an emergency, to double capital investment in public housing to meet social and affordable housing need and to increase the stock of public housing by 15,000 units next year.
“It also calls for emergency measures to stem the flow of families into homelessness, to take action to halt the rental crisis and to pass legislation to allow the holding of a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the Constitution.
“I welcome Fianna Fáil’s belated decision to support this motion.
“The people protesting today want action and if Fianna Fáil think they can stand with them today, and get away with facilitating another failed housing budget next week, they have another thing coming.
“Today was just the beginning of Raise the Roof and we will not stop until we have a government that delivers secure and affordable homes.”