Letters: Leave a good mark
Sir - Homelessness for families in our Irish cities is heartbreaking, without even contemplating the same problem for the thousands of refugees fleeing war and violence in their own countries, some of whom are coming here. There is a lot of truth and common sense in Gene Kerrigan's treatise on this problem (Sunday Independent, August 30).
It is the State's responsibility to ensure all citizens, irrespective of circumstances, have that most frugal necessity - a roof over their heads. Moneybags developers or speculators should have no hand, act or part in such decisions. We should revert to the old system where the local councils took responsibility for housing. They were aware of the needs first-hand and provided houses for the homeless, as well as housing lower income families at an affordable rent and provided loans to build one's own house.
If the Government gives an undertaking to solve the housing problem and carries out that promise, they will leave a practical and indelible mark never to be forgotten.