Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South has urged the people of Cork to make their voices heard on the housing crisis by attending the forthcoming Raise the Roof rally.
The demonstration will take place at Cork City Hall at 5pm on Monday, March 11th.
Ní Riada said;
“We are living through a housing crisis of unprecedented scale. It is having a devastating impact on families and communities throughout Ireland. The reality is that the crisis is the result of bad government policy and the refusal of those in power to recognise the incredible damage being done.
“We have a homelessness emergency, bulging council waiting lists, families raising children in hotel rooms and people being mercilessly squeezed by extortionate rents in the private sector – and we have a government wedded to a Thatcherite perspective. It is going on and on with no change or end in sight. They just don’t seem to care.
“The Ireland of 2019 is a place where so many people cannot afford a roof over their heads. That is shameful and it is a disgrace that anybody would stand over and justify the political decisions at the heart of this crisis.
“It is up to progressives to join together to end the housing crisis, to take a stand for fairness and for dignity. It is abundantly clear that radical change in housing public policy will only come from campaigning action. That is why the Raise The Roof initiative is so very important.”
The Ireland South MEP continued by urging all those affected by the housing crisis to make their presence felt on March 11th.
“This is an opportunity for anybody whose life has been affected by the housing crisis to make their voice heard – to say ‘enough is enough. It’s time for change’. This government needs to realise that people are not going to take it any longer. They need to hear that message loud and clear from Cork City Hall on March the 11th.”