•   
  •   

Ireland Damning new document shines light on horrors of the housing crisis across the country

09:45  11 december  2019
09:45  11 december  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

'Bring it on' - Richard Bruton welcomes prospect of Christmas election but says he has full confidence in Eoghan Murphy

  'Bring it on' - Richard Bruton welcomes prospect of Christmas election but says he has full confidence in Eoghan Murphy 'Bring it on' - Richard Bruton welcomes prospect of Christmas election but says he has full confidence in Eoghan Murphy“Bring it on,” he told reporters in Dublin this morning when asked if the motion results in a snap election call by the Opposition.

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has exposed the danger that lead could potentially leach into the drinking supply for millions of Americans, showing what can go wrong if aging infrastructure Lead is common in pipes across the country , mostly in service lines linking street pipes to people’s homes.

People turn to tiny structures that can be placed in the gardens of family or friends’ properties.

a group of people sitting at a table: Kevin Maughan with his two children – Kevin, seven, and six-year-old Shakira © Provided by Dublin Live Kevin Maughan with his two children – Kevin, seven, and six-year-old Shakira

A desperate homeless family where the father has attempted suicide three times in two months forms part of a damning dossier on our Government’s cruel housing policy.

Another family is forced to eat breakfast off the bedroom floor in a B&B because an autistic child can’t go to the dining room.

Other horror stories emerging involve a homeless man with cancer, a property with five people in a bed and three students kicked out of a converted shed at the back of a garden for complaining about paying €500 each a month.

'I can't think of a better reason to force a general election than the 4,000 homeless children' - newly elected TD

  'I can't think of a better reason to force a general election than the 4,000 homeless children' - newly elected TD 'I can't think of a better reason to force a general election than the 4,000 homeless children' - newly elected TDThe first major act of the four new TDs elected in last week's by-elections will be to vote in the motion of no-confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy tonight.

Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis . The country is building only half the homes needed to tackle And with the lack of new homes, house price increases are at their highest since before the The average house price across the UK is now £273,000 and in London that figure is almost double

The impact of housing privatisation across Europe – including the selling off of much social housing – has generated a large number of what the report recognises as Drawing on lessons learnt from the Balkan crisis of the early 90s, the report also stresses the important role housing plays in enabling

Heartbreakingly, these are just a fraction of the shocking cases which highlight the real state of the housing and homelessness crises on Fine Gael’s watch.

The sad stories came flowing in to Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald after a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, introduced by the Social Democrats, failed last week.

Afterwards Mrs McDonald took to Twitter and asked the ordinary people of Ireland to submit their experiences so she could slam them back on to Leo Varadkar’s desk.

And she tells today how she was overwhelmed by the response as hundreds typed out their grim stories on phones and keyboards.

The party has verified the testimonies and the Irish Mirror has also spoken to many of those involved.

Government to block three-year rent freeze despite support from TDs

  Government to block three-year rent freeze despite support from TDs The Government is likely to kill-off a proposed three-year rent freeze - despite it being backed by the majority of TDs. Fianna Fáil has backed a Sinn Féin bill that proposes an immediate rent freeze on all existing and new tenancies other than those on social housing supports for three years, meaning it will pass a Dáil vote tomorrow. Sinn Féin is also proposing a refundable tax credit of up to €1,500 per year for renters. But the Government believes this element of the bill will cost the State at least €100m per year, meaning it will require a money message from the Taoiseach.

Farmland is also rapidly vanishing into housing tracts and shopping centers to serve Africa’s growing and more affluent population. At a new school, two teachers from another part of the country said they had been begging their bosses to transfer them to a safer area.

The new government heralded a localist approach, where communities would be given both the power and the responsibility to plan for development. But even before the legislation was passed, ministers were spooked by an extended downturn and lost faith that their fledgling reforms would deliver.

The resulting document – The Humans Of The Housing Crisis – is being published by Sinn Fein today.

The Irish Mirror last night spoke to Margaret Maughan in her emergency accommodation hotel room in Ennis, Co Clare.

She lives there with her husband Kevin and two children – Kevin, seven, and six-year-old Shakira. Young Kevin is looking forward to Santa returning to the emergency accommodation after his visit last year.

His simple letter reads: “Santa, my name is Kevin, please come to the hotel again with Batman toys.”

Ms Maughan explained the family has no cooker or fridge in their room.

This means it is more expensive as fresh items such as sandwiches and yoghurts have to be bought and prepared for school lunches every day. In the evenings, with nowhere to cook, usually unhealthy takeaway meals have to be bought in.

Mary Lou McDonald posing for the camera © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Mary Lou McDonald

Ms Maughan said: “My little girl is six years old and was always a happy, bubbly, healthy child, but since becoming homeless she’s been nervous , anxious, sad and very hard to deal with.

Government wants RTE to consider selling its Dublin 4 base for move

  Government wants RTE to consider selling its Dublin 4 base for move A government association wants RTE bosses to be open to selling its Dublin base in the future, according to reports. RTE’s dire financial situation has come to a head in recent weeks, as the station recent announced a number of cuts and proposed sales within its business. The situation has reached a point where government […]RTE’s dire financial situation has come to a head in recent weeks, as the station recent announced a number of cuts and proposed sales within its business.

Housing prices are through the roof across the country . We take up the affordable housing crisis in Part 1 of our series , "Where We Call Home." Members of the public look on at a Seattle City Council before the council voted to approve a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight

The urgent need of Syrian refugees shines a light on a much larger housing crisis . In Ontario alone, the capital needs of the social and affordable housing sector total more than .6 billion. If the federal and provincial governments don’t commit to preserving these community assets, we will lose

“She has now been accepted by CAMHS [Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services] and is awaiting an assessment.

“My little boy is seven and ever since becoming homeless he has got severe asthma from staying in cold, damp rooms. He is on two inhalers and a nasal spray which he was never on before.

“My husband has got severe depression and has tried to kill himself three times in the last two months as this is just getting too much to deal with now.

“I am trying my best to hold everything together, but I just can’t keep it going much longer. We are really and truly struggling with being homeless. It is destroying our lives.”

Another mum revealed in a note to the Sinn Fein leader: “I am a mother of three. We have been living in a one-bedroom B&B accommodation for 16 months.

“This is our second Christmas here. My son has autism. “He hits, kicks and spits. We have breakfast in the morning here in the B&B.

“But I can’t bring him to the dining room for breakfast because of his behaviour. We all sit on the floor in the bedroom to eat.

“We have no access to the kitchen so we eat takeaway.”

Cash-strapped RTE will get a €50million lifeline from taxpayers over the next five years

  Cash-strapped RTE will get a €50million lifeline from taxpayers over the next five years Dee Forbes said Montrose’s presenters have a difficult job that not everyone can do .She was addressing a Dail committee hours after Communications Minister Richard Bruton announced the State will plough €50million into the station – just €10million less than the €60million the broadcaster says it has to cut between now and 2022.RTE wants to slash its workforce by 200 as one of a series of measures to tackle its financial crisis.

Across much of New York City, construction scenes like these play out regularly at buildings with rent-regulated apartments — the city’s largest stock of affordable housing , where rents are set Protecting tenants is supposed to be the job of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

The trial shone a light on how one key part of the transnational fraud worked. The court heard how he traded meat on paper across countries and contracted others to move it. Sideras made new labels with faked stamps for the mixed loads.

Another man said: “I am 17 years on the list. Worked all my life.

“I’ll soon be homeless as I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and won’t be able to afford my rent.”

A man in a similar position added: “I am living with cancer. I am homeless and I am not receiving help from the council.

“I am HAP [Housing Assistance Payment] qualified, but landlords do not wish to deal with it.”

Deputy McDonald said: “Thousands of people forgotten by those in power. Bravery and strength shines through in every testimonial.

“Their stories deserve to be told. Their voices must be heard.”

MORE NEWS:

Earley expected to step down from FAI board (Independent.ie)

6 people killed, including a police officer, in Jersey City shooting (USA TODAY)

Dad jailed for nine months for giving his son (8) tattoo (Independent.ie)

Dogs receive blessing at annual carol service in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin Live)

New TD Mark Ward was once homeless - and now he vows to fight for families affected by housing crisis .
“When I grew up in north Clondalkin, I didn’t know I grew up in a council house, I just knew I grew up in a home"Dad-of-three Ward, 44, says he spoke out about his own experience to show how anybody could end up without a home in Ireland today.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!