Thousands Protest Over Housing

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Thousands Protest Over Housing


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Over 6,000 students have taken to the streets to highlight how the housing crisis is affecting them.

The Raise the Roof Rally saw student and trade unions, homeless charities and civil liberty groups come together for an unprecedented event.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says they want to see more purpose built affordable student accommodation.

Students prepare to join the Raise The Roof protest outside Leinster House | Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

It comes less than a week after the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy re-categorised over 1,600 people out of homelessness.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said statistics won't change the problem.

"I just think it's manipulation of the figures in order to keep the homeless count under 10,000.

"But listen - if you're homeless, if you can't afford the rent, if you're faced with eviction: all the statistics in the world won't change that.

"What we need is housing delivered on a large scale by the Government".

In the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted the housing crisis is frustrating.

"I know that lots of people are frustrated by the pace of delivery - I'm frustrated by it too, as is everybody in Government.

"We share those concerns, we share those frustrations, and share the desire to get results much more quickly - and this is something the Government is investing huge resources in, and huge amounts of Government time."

A Dáil motion is calling for the crises in housing and homelessness to be declared a national emergency.


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