Statement by the Ard Chomhairle of Republican Sinn Féin
We salute the social activists who have staged a sit-in at Apollo House in order to provide immediate help to homeless people while at the same time highlighting the crisis in housing that is sweeping the 26 Counties. Their actions are in stark contrast to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil who have cynically used the issue of exorbitant rents imposed on tenants by unscrupulous land lords to score cheap political points against each other without doing anything to provide practical assistance to people facing homelessness.
In the past local authorities met the housing needs of people unable to secure a mortgage. Housing was viewed as a social requirement that local authorities had a duty to provide. Since the 1980s successive 26-County Administrations have regarded the provision of housing to those unable to afford a mortgage as a form of charity. This…
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