Archive for November, 2015

Demand real action on housing not band aids


In a statement this afternoon Richard Boyd Barrett is urging people to join tomorrow’s protest which will assemble at 5pm at the GPO and march to the Dáil.*

December 1st is the one year anniversary of the tragic death of Jonathan Corrie and a number of groups supporting tomorrow’s protest are calling on people affected to come together to demand action to address the housing and homeless crisis as a matter of urgency.

Richard Boyd Barrett said the government have failed disastrously for four years on social housing, generating the worst housing crisis the country has ever seen and any plans they now have to deliver social housing are either “misguided or inadequate”.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said, “I urge anyone affected directly by the housing and homeless crisis to come out tomorrow and march to the dáil to send a message to the government that we have had enough and they must act urgently. I am also urging people who may not be directly affected to join the protest in solidarity and all unite to demand action on this crisis”.

“What is needed is a huge injection of funds to purchase real and construct real homes.  The money the government is planning to spend on temporary modular homes could be spent on buying permanent homes which would be available much more quickly than the modular homes, would be permanent and would be much more appropriate for families and individuals”.

“We need real rent controls that will put a halt to the spiralling rents that are driving many working people into situations where they can’t pay rent and end up in homeless services.  On top of that we need significant funding for homeless services which are currently unable to deal with the scale of the crisis”.

*Tomorrow’s protest is supported by:

Help 4 The Homeless Ballyfermot, Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland, Dublin Simon Community, Br Kevin Crowley – Capuchin Day Centre, Housing Action Now, Merchants Quay, SIPTU, Right2Change Trade Unions, Sinn Féin, Anti-Austerity Alliance, People Before Profit, Social Democrats, Young Workers Network, IMPACT, Mandate, Unite, CWU, Opatsi, DCTU, MRCI, Uplift, Pavee Point, Irish Traveller Movement, United Against Racism, Irish Refugee Council, North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community, The Workers Party, The ICTU Youth Committee and more.

PBPA TD says 781 houses currently on sale in Dublin for less than €200,000 should be bought for social housing instead of wasting the same money on expensive “temporary” modular houses

rbb20Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance, speaking in the Dáil today has described Minister Alan Kelly’s latest policy directive on social housing as “yet another Alan Kelly false dawn on social housing” and a “puff of PR smoke that signifies nothing.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said that Minister Kelly’s latest directive simply informs local authorities of legislative powers they already know they have without providing the funds, staff and resources that they actually need to deliver social housing and emergency accommodation.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said also that wasting a reported €190,000 per unit on 500 modular housing units was “outrageous”, when it would be cheaper, quicker and far more appropriate to purchase the same number of permanent houses. Deputy Boyd Barrett pointed out that there are currently 781 houses advertised for sale in Dublin at less than €200,000. ( Continue reading


r2housing poster nov 2015