Deputy Broughan is delighted to be supporting the ‘Raise The Roof’ initiative which was launched in Buswells today and is calling for a large public rally at lunchtime at Leinster House on October 3rd. Today’s launch was very well attended and saw representatives from most sectors of Irish society from grassroots housing action groups, unions (including the Union of Students of Ireland), charities, political parties, the National Women’s Council and others. It demonstrated the great interest in addressing the escalating housing crisis which has a devastating human cost (as Niamh Randall, spokesperson for the Simon Communities of Ireland pointed out).
The Raise The Roof rally will be taking place on October 3rd as on that date, the Dáil will be debating a cross party motion, which Deputy Broughan signed, on Housing. The Housing Crisis has now permeated all aspects of life in Ireland from limiting students from attending third level, pushing generations of families into severe overcrowding accommodation situations, forcing families with children to sleep in cars and people to sleep in tents and with 60% of homeless families headed by a lone parent, usually a mother, it is a gendered issue. Ireland has double the rate of homeless females than other European countries and with 43,000 mortgages in arrears of more than 2 years, Fr Peter McVerry predicts that the crisis will continue to worsen. Unless something is done, unless real action is taken, unless evictions are prevented and the continuous flow into homelessness and hidden homelessness is stopped.
Deputy Broughan says “Many of us have been calling on the Government to declare a Housing Emergency for many years now and the crisis has continued to deepen while Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have blocked any real action to address the matter. I am delighted to see so many strong and important civil society groups and grassroots organisations coming together under the ‘Raise The Roof’ umbrella to raise awareness, to demand action and to create change. I will continue to work on this matter consistently when the Dáil resumes and am calling on everyone who cares about housing in Ireland to come to the Dáil on October 3rd and to contact your local Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs to support the cross-party motion.”