Video and pictures: Hundreds demand action on housing crisis at Cork city rally 

Video and pictures: Hundreds demand action on housing crisis at Cork city rally 
Protestors at the Raise The Roof protest in Cork City last evening Picture: Eddie O'Hare

APPROXIMATELY 300 people attended a rally in the pouring rain outside City Hall today to demand more action on the housing and homelessness crisis.

The protest by the Raise the Roof campaign is calling on the Government to declare a national housing and homelessness emergency.

The rally was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and ONE Cork - which includes the Union of Students in Ireland, National Women’s Council and the National Homeless and Housing Coalition — and saw attendees march from Connolly Hall across to Lapp’s Quay.

Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) who was involved in the rally said the event is a reaction to the worsening housing crisis.

“We are basically saying that there should be housing for everyone. We are reaffirming that what we have is a homelessness emergency.

“We need more spends on social and affordable housing and priority given to social and public housing in the Government’s budget.

“There is particular concern about the increasing number of people needing housing tipping over the 10,000 mark.

“Cork City Council and the public are saying that we have a housing crisis and we need action.

“A number of councillors have continually raised the issue of housing. It is the main issue of debate at City Hall. We are reaffirming that this is an emergency. The Taoiseach and other have described it as a crisis but what campaigners are looking for is that a national emergency is declared and for the measures to be put in place to address it.

“This turnout shows the public swell of support,” he added.

The rally was followed by a debate in City Hall after a motion was submitted by Lord Mayor Mick Finn calling on the City Council to acknowledge a shortage in housing as a crisis.

He has called for a raft of measures to increase housing supply in Cork including an increase in local authority-led public and affordable housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3bn and prioritising the delivery of housing on public lands.

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