Date Released: 29 April 2015
SIPTU Kildare District Council will host a meeting on the impact of the housing crisis on the commuter belt in the McAuley Place, Arts and Culture Centre, Sallins Road, Naas, county Kildare at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 30th April.
The event is open to all SIPTU members and will be addressed by housing expert and lecturer in political geography at the NUI Maynooth, Rory Hearne.
“The emergency is for those who need, want, and have a right to, a secure and affordable home in a safe and sustainable community”, Rory Hearne said, “We can see that the last two decades of housing policy which was based on promoting home ownership and the private property market as its priority failed to deliver this. Continuing these policies will only worsen the housing crisis and condemn further generations to homelessness, poverty and punitive and enslaving mortgage debt.”
SIPTU Kildare District Council Secretary, Miriam Hamilton, said: “This meeting is the launch of a wider strategy which will see SIPTU in Kildare and elsewhere taking the initiative on seeking to promote solutions to the housing crisis. We will be hoping to encourage increased public engagement on this issue.”
She added: “Key to this widening of the public debate on solving the housing crisis is the new housing discussion paper published by the SIPTU National Executive Council. At the meeting the solutions presented in this document will be outlined and discussed.”