Friday 15 December 2017

Housing Minister could learn a thing or two from indomitable campaigner Rita Fagan

Rita Fagan and members of the Family Resource Centre from St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore protest at Leinster House over Budget cuts. Photo: Tom Burke
Rita Fagan and members of the Family Resource Centre from St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore protest at Leinster House over Budget cuts. Photo: Tom Burke

Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop

We must beware of repeating the mistakes of the past when it comes to how the current housing crisis is addressed. The Home Sweet Home response in taking over Apollo House this Christmas is laudable. But we need a sound Government with long-term, thought-through policies and actions if we are really serious about addressing the problems of more people becoming homeless, and of housing those that are homeless.

In response to a housing crisis in the 1960s we saw the construction of flat complexes like Ballymun and St Michael's Estate in Inchicore in Dublin and similar complexes in Cork, Limerick and Galway.

These proved to be, over time, unsuitable responses to the then housing crisis.

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