Rebuilding Ireland is failing – Government must adopt a new approach
Speaking after today’s Housing and Homeless coalition rally in Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that “Rebuilding Ireland is failing” and the “Government must adopt a new approach if they are to end the housing and homeless emergency”.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Every month the housing and homeless crisis is getting worse. The numbers of people in emergency accommodation is rising. Delivery of social housing is glacial. Not a single affordable home was delivered from any Government scheme in 2018 and none will be delivered in 2019.
“Meanwhile rents and house prices continue to rise locking ever more people out of secure and affordable accommodation.
“Rebuilding Ireland has failed and will continue to fail. It’s under investment in public housing to meet social and affordable need coupled with its over reliance on the private market is a recipy for disaster.
“Government must accept that its plan is part of the problem. They must adopt a new approach if they are to end the housing and homeless emergency.
“We need capital investment in pubic housing to double. We need an emergency rent freeze and refundable renters tax relief. We need emergency measures to stop the flow of people into emergency accommodation. And we need a referendum to enshrine the right to housing into the constitution.
“Today’s demonstration in Dublin shows that people are not happy with the Government and we will keep marching and protesting until either the Government changes its policy or the people change the Government.”