Referendum to Enshrine the right to a home in the Irish Constitution
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At present there are over 8,000 people homeless people in Ireland. Over 40% of homeless people are under 24 years of age. Families, including young children are presently being accommodated in emergency accommodation in hotels. This week 2 homeless people died while sleeping out in the freezing cold weather in Dublin. This happened despite an undertaken given a number of years ago by the then minister Alan Kelly, after the death of another homeless man in Dublin yards from the Dail, that nobody would have to sleep out in Ireland again. The present minster for Foreign Affairs and now Tainiste, Simon Coveney, promised that there would be no homeless families accommodated in hotels after July 2017. While the Minster moves on to greater heights in his political career homeless families are facing another Christmas in hotel rooms. It is very easy for politicians to make promises when they don't have to live up to those promises.
Meanwhile there are over 180,000 vacant dwellings throughout Ireland. There is no constitutional right in Ireland to a home. This allows the Irish Government to escape its responsibility to provide secure housing for its citizens. Having this right enshrined in our constitution would force the Irish Government to act and provide housing to all Irish citizens as a right.
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