Government must provide housing, not hiding behind statistics

One Cork, the joint Trade Union Movement In Cork, has demanded immediate action from the Government to begin building homes for communities across Cork City and County and avoid private sector profiteering.

“We have a Taoiseach who is happy for the homeless statistics to be viewed in context of international figures,” said Barry Murphy of OneCork.

“People don’t care about context. People care about the fact that they cannot afford a home. They care that their children are now looking at a situation where they will never own or rent a secure home.”

“We have repeatedly called for Skills to be reintroduced at Local Government level in order to kick start housebuilding again. Instead we defer to the private market and the cover them as they halt any progress in house building as they await prices to rise further. We need action now.”

We have large swathes of land available for residential housing that simply are lying idle apart from being eyed up by industrial developer. The latest city council budget has indicated that a new €11 million fund will be pursued. It is vital that this is secured for public housing not private profiteering."

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