Cork’s housing activists gathered outside the City Hall, demanded an immediate solution to the housing problem from their local politicians.
Protestors marched from St.Patricks’s hill to Cork City Hall where the budget meeting took place.
The activists called out Eoghan Murphy, Minister for housing with slogans such as Eoghan Murphy can you sleep? People are dying on the streets.
“It’s a political choice that does not recognize housing or shelter as a human right,” said Cork housing activist Treasa DeBarra.
“We are here to urge councilors to reject the budget as it is. The budget does not allocate funding that is adequate or needed to solve the housing emergency, but it could. It could have the adequate funding, and it must have it,” said Ms. DeBarra.
The young activist expressed little hope that their efforts would block the housing budget.
“Sadly my friends, the chances are slim that the budget would be blocked.,” said Ms. DeBarra.
“It will be passed by the same forces that are watching our people get evicted and die on the streets,” said Ms. DeBarra.
T.J Hogan from the Traveller community also spoke at the event and described the housing situation direr for his community.
“Some of us like to live in houses just like settled people. Travellers looking for houses face the same problem as the settlers do,” said Mr.Hogan.
“Travellers face additional problems if they look for rental accommodation, “said Mr.Hogan.
Rent prices have increased dramatically in the past few years. According to the latest reports, the average rent in Cork city is 1,100 Euros.
The situation has led to evictions, homelessness or groups living in unsafe conditions in small homes.
Ireland came third in the list of countries which have experienced a hike in housing prices this year.
Yesterday, the housing minister Eoghan Murphy vowed to change the law to force stronger penalties on homeowners found guilty of putting people’s lives in jeopardy with unsafe accommodation.
The government has promised to the tackle the housing crisis many times.
The activists vowed to gather outside the City Council again on Monday morning at 10 A.M.