Sinn Féin to table Right to Housing Constitutional Amendment Bill next week
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said his party will use their private members time next week to table the Thirty Fifth Amendment to the Constitution (Right to a Home) Bill. The Bill provides for a referendum to insert the right to a home into the Constitution.
Speaking today at an event in Cork, Teachta Ó Broin said:
“Enshrining the right to a home is one of the core demands of the Raise The Roof campaign. It was supported by over 80% of the members of the Constitutional Convention in 2014.
“Placing the right to housing in the Constitution would provide for a basic floor of protection for those unable to access secure or affordable accommodation. While it would not provide everyone with the keys to a new home it would mean all future Governments would have to progressively realise that right through their policies and budget decisions.
“Sinn Féin firmly believes that such a right is an important element in tackling the housing and homeless crisis. It would also provide an additional layer of protection for those in greatest need where Government is clearly failing in their responsibilities.
“There are now more than 4,000 children living in emergency accommodation. There are thousands more at risk of homelessness or living in cramped and insecure accommodation.
“Taking a human rights based approach to housing is supported by an every growing number of organisations including trade unions, NGOs in the housing, homelessness and children’s sectors as well as academics and opposition politicians.
“On May 18th, Raise The Roof will be holding a state wide march and rally in support of their demands one of which is a Right To Housing. All parties in the Dáil have an opportunity to support this right when Sinn Féin’s Bill is debated and voted on next Tuesday.”
Note: The Bill can be read here: https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/bill/2016/32/eng/initiated/b3216d.pdf