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Ireland 'Power to the people' - thousands protest against homelessness in Dublin and Cork

09:40  06 december  2019
09:40  06 december  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters in Dublin today Photo: Collins Protesters in Dublin today Photo: Collins

THOUSANDS of people having take to the streets of Dublin and Cork today to protest against the housing crisis.

The capital was brought to a standstill as members of the public urged the Government to take action to tackle homelessness to highlight the growing problem.

The group met at the Garden of Remembrance at 12pm and began marching down O'Connell Street towards Leinster House.

One protester, who only wants to be identified as Martina (50s), rents a house she lives in with her daughter and her four-year-old granddaughter under the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme.

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Facebook page ' Protest against Homelessness in Ireland, Less Talk More Action!' said: "We would just like to A protest organised by Right2Housing was also held in Cork to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness in Cork . Gardai arrest four men in connection with attempted murder in Dublin .

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She said that she fears that her landlord will decide to sell her house, leaving her and her family homeless.

“I’m in a landlord’s accommodation and I do be terrified that he’s going to come along and say ‘I’m selling the house’.

a group of people holding a sign

“The place is freezing, he’s allowed away with murder and he’s getting so much rent.

“I’m with HAP now. I pay just a little under a hundred into his bank account every week, so he’s getting €1,300 off HAP and then I pay €100 a week,” she said.

Martina’s granddaughter, Melissa said: “Everything about the landlords is just for them. All the rights is in there court. There’s nothing for me ma to stay safe in her own home. She can’t even do up the house because she’s afraid that he’ll kick her out. He can just up and sell the house whenever he wants to.

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Protesters called on the government to do more to tackle homelessness .

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“Her windows are thin, she’s mould all over the place and he’s like, ‘If I have to fix it I’ll just sell it.’ So she’s just sitting pup because she has nothing else to do, she can’t do nothing else,” she added.

Housing activist Conor Reddy with Dublin North West Housing Action said the protest shows potential for bigger marches planned for early next year.

“We’re here today to support the protest. Obviously a lot of people we know from soup runs and everything organised today and we were really happy to see because it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen big numbers on the streets for housing. Back in April was our last march with Raise the Roof,” he said.

“What we think today shows is that there’s still a really boiling anger around housing, homelessness, but also a whole generation of people who are locked out from private rental who can’t afford to pay the rents, who can’t find places to rent on the HAP scheme and also people that are being evicted.

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He continued: “We believe that there’s a massive potential here for a big movement on the streets, like we’ve seen with Take Back the City, like we’ve seen with Apollo House before it.

“Out of today we’re hoping to launch in the early new year a new march for housing with the trade unions and their hundreds and thousands of members, with the political parties as part of the housing homelessness coalition, and with other grassroots groups like ours as well.”

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith was among those who took part.

She said on Twitter: "Fantastic March Best since Water Charges Power to the People."

Motorists have been warned that there were heavy delays.

AA Roadwatch said in a statement: "Traffic is quite heavy around city centre following a demonstration.

"The demonstration was on Molesworth St and Merrion Square. Traffic is very slow around Merrion Square as well as both ways on Fitzwilliam St as a result.

"Then, traffic is heavy approaching St Stephen’s Green from Patrick St through to Kevin St and onto Cuffe St. Leeson St is also slow on approach from before the canal.

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"Traffic is busy along the Grand Canal itself eastbound from before Harold’s Cross to Ranelagh with westbound delays to here from Baggot St.

"The North Quays are heavy from Ellis Quay right through to Bachelors Walk.

"There are outbound delays on the Navan Rd from Cabra Cross to the Baggot Rd."

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