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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael vote against the Right to Housing - Eoin Ó Broin TD

16 May, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has slammed Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for voting against a Bill that would have allowed the people to vote on enshrining the Right to housing in the Constitution.

Speaking after the Dáil vote today, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“It is disappointing but not surprising that both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil refused to support this Bill.

“The fact that they would refuse to even let people have their say on it in a referendum is unacceptable.

“In the Eighth Report of the Convention on the Constitution on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights over 80% of the participants agreed that such a right should be enshrined in the Constitution.
“The Mercy Law Centre has three separate reports calling for it and recently the Ombudsman for Children’s Office called for the right to be progressed as a matter of priority.
“This was not a radical idea. The Right to Housing is included in eighty-one Constitutions across the world.
“A legal right to a home is not a silver bullet, but it would provide a basic floor of protection and governments would have to take this right into account when putting forward policies.

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for this right and will be part of the Raise the Roof campaign on Saturday as it takes to the streets of the Capital."

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