Protest amid rising eviction fears
Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30
Almost a hundred people protested last night in response to spiralling levels of homelessness, and fears that thousands of tenants now face eviction over the coming months.
Financial institutions who are now offloading properties acquired at the height of Ireland's financial crisis could leave thousands facing the loss of their homes.
Protesters want to kick-start a national campaign aimed at dramatically increasing funds available for Irish councils for social housing needs.
The organisers of the protest outside Cork City Hall warned that "people power" now needs to be brought to bear on the next Government to make the housing crisis a priority.
Cork's Lord Mayor Councillor Chris O'Leary said: "The situation is going to get a lot worse and it is clear that something needs to be done to help these families."
He pointed out that Cork alone is expected to face 200 evictions over the next year - with thousands more likely across Ireland.
Councillor Thomas Gould said it was heartbreaking to see the consequences of Ireland's housing crisis.
"There isn't an Irish city or town where people aren't facing the threat of being evicted from their homes or bedding down for the night in the doorway of a shop or office," he said.
"The housing crisis is a national emergency and a national disgrace."
He said Cork alone has 5,941 on its housing waiting list.