ICTU to lobby TDs on ‘housing and homeless crisis’
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has launched a national lobbying campaign on the housing and homeless crisis, which will see delegations of union members meet with TDs in all constituencies across the country, including Roscommon.
In Roscommon, local union members will seek meetings with Minister Denis Naughten and Deputies Eugene Murphy and Michael Fitzmaurice.
The Roscommon lobby team will be seeking the support of TDs for the Congress Charter for Housing Rights, which sets out the agreed, national trade union position on the housing and homeless crisis.
According to Congress General Secretary Patricia King, the housing and homeless crisis “is the single biggest problem facing Ireland today and represents a policy failure of massive proportions”.
She continued: “We’ll be asking TDs directly where they stand on this issue and if they will support the measures we have outlined in the Charter for Housing Rights. They have a clear responsibility to let their constituents know if they will support the Charter and work to make it a reality”.
The Congress Charter for Housing Rights sets out five broad principles to end the crisis:
Declare a ‘Housing and Homeless Emergency’ and start a major public housing building programme delivering at least 10,000 affordable new homes every year; Introduce a legal Right to Housing for every citizen; Ensure all tenants enjoy security of tenure, rent certainty and decent accommodation; Ban evictions to nowhere – no family or individual should be evicted into homelessness; Develop a national Land Management policy, in accordance with the right to housing.