Category: Housing Crisis

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Rebuilding Ireland: A Flawed Philosophy

Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, relies far too heavily on market-based solutions to the problems facing Irish housing. Because of this, it will fail in its stated objective of developing an ‘affordable, stable and sustainable’ housing system.  


A Constitutional Right To Housing

10th of October 2017 was Budget Day, and also World Homeless Day. It could have been the day the Irish Government committed to enshrining a right to housing in our Constitution, which would have had far-reaching implications for people experiencing homelessness.

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Some Housing Crises Are More Equal Than Others

Peter McVerry responds in The Irish Times (11 August, 2017) to the assertion of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar that “many, if not most” of the people on the housing list already have houses.

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McVerry Urges Public to Pressure Government on Housing

Peter McVerry SJ of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice was quoted in this weekend’s Irish Examiner (August 06, 2017) calling for urgent pressure to be put on the Government to solve the housing crisis.

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Grenfell Tower and Housing in Ireland

The Grenfell Tower blaze in London tragically took the lives of almost a hundred people, and left many more without homes. As it becomes increasingly clear that this catastrophe is, at least in part, a consequence of years of austerity politics, Kevin Hargaden reflects on how it illuminates the problems with housing in Ireland.

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Housing Crisis: A Key Issue for our next Government

Prior to the election the JCFJ in a joint statement with other social justice groups argued that the current housing crisis has to be solved.The next Government needs to have housing top of their agenda and reverse the failed policy of the last 20 years where there has been an over reliance on the private… Read more »

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Latest Statistics on Family Homelessness Shocking Indictment of Housing Policy

Reacting to the January 2016 figures on family homelessness, the Centre says that the current homelessness crisis represents a terrible social injustice and reflects the abject failure of housing policy over the last two decades. In Dublin there are now 769 families, including 1,570 children, living in emergency accommodation, more than doubling since January 2015.… Read more »

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Housing Crisis: A Key Election Issue

Housing Crisis: A Key Election Issue In a joint Call with other social justice groups, JCFJ argues that the current housing crisis should be a key issue for politicians and the electorate in the General Election.