The housing and homelessness crises are now affecting “everyone” and could become “the new water charges” in terms of mobiling protesters, those at a rally demanding action on the issue said on Wednesday.
Up to 10,000 people, from all age groups, sectors and parts of the country, took part in the #RaiseTheRoof protest outside Leinster House in Dublin.
Organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the National Homelessness and Housing Coalition the rally was supported by all political parties except Fine Gael, the Union of Students in Ireland, Traveller organizations, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), church groups, grass-roots housing activist groups and organizations working with asylum seekers.
Protestors began gathering at 12.30pm, while student groups – which accounted for about 3,000 of those present - marched from the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. Many of these could not enter Molesworth Street, which faces Leinster House, as it was full and had to remain on adjoining South Frederick Street. See more...