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Why We Need a Right to Housing

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Patricia King

In the aftermath of the recent elections, it was instructive to hear complaints from government TDs on the frequency with which the housing crisis had surfaced on the doorsteps. Many cited it as a factor in the government’s somewhat underwhelming performance.   The surprise is that they were surprised.   Perhaps they missed the fact that on May 18 - just one week before polling - up to 20,000 people marched through Dublin on a housing protest organised by Raise the Roof.   And it wasn’t …

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State must become less reliant on private landlords

Posted on May 07, 2019 by John-Mark McCafferty

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It is Government policy to place the majority of those with a long-term housing need not in secure social housing tenancies but in the private rented sector (PRS) supported by the housing assistance payment (HAP) where they can be evicted for no reason. We need to face up to the fact that the policy is failing us. HAP is a poor substitute for social housing. It pays the rent to the landlord, while the tenant pays a rental contribution to the local authority in the same way as social housing …

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