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Sunday 17 February 2019

Thousands take to the streets demanding action on housing crisis

Alan O'Keeffe

Thousands of people marched through Dublin city centre today demanding Government action to end the homeless crisis.

Groups from around Ireland brought their banners to  the national demonstration organised by the National Homeless and Housing Coalition.

The coalition is supported by charities, trade unions, Traveller support groups, as well as People Before Profit Alliance, Sinn Fein, and the Social Democrats.

They marched from The Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square to the quays before gathering outside the Custom’s House, causing traffic diversions for more than an hour.

Dublin Lord Mayor Micheal MacDonncha helped carry a banner at the front of the march.

He said thousands of Irish people in Ireland were “being denied their basic human right to a home.”

There needs to be “a sea change” in Government policy, he said.

Marching with his charity’s banner, St Vincent de Paul national president Kieran Stafford said he knows a family with three children that have lived in a hotel room for two years.

“The crisis is utterly appalling for those living without a home. We are adding our voices to calls to the Government to solve the crisis,” he said.

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