Tinkering December 20, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
Watching the growing crisis over homelessness and related issues such as rising rents and the cost of housing ……..you can be like the Government and do little or nothing but pitter patter around the edge of the problem. Yes put a moratorium on rent increases, allow a 4% rise , allow NAMA do what it likes …. Yet it doesn’t seem to occur to them to have a massive public building programme, introduce a vacant site levy, ask NAMA for properties, land that would be suitable and so on and so on. Solutions that any child could give them,, solutions that alas are against the dogma of our two major parties. “The Market …The Market… The Market”
I was discussing Apollo House today and the lack of Government reaction to the housing/homelessness crisis, to some it was celebs acting irresponsibly , “would they take them into their own mansions?”, “wait til Bono jumps on the bandwagon!” and so on. Yet it has taken “Celebrities” and activists (some are both) to get some people talking about homelessness. To show that our Capital (and I’m sure other places) have many empty buildings that could be used to house people.
I’ve touched on it here before of how there is a class in society that has never had long periods unemployed, periods living hand to mouth, have had to move their families back in with their parents, that knows nobody living in a hotel and because all of this doesn’t really appreciate the crisis we are in. Doesn’t realise the damage Austerity has done to communities across the Country.
For a party so full of it’s own History and Heritage, Fianna Fail, who gave us massive public housing schemes in the 30’s and 40’s appear to have turned their back on public housing and continue to prop up the Government.
My wife was correcting 5th year exam papers this evening, as she marked she told me “this girl lives in a hotel” , minutes later “this boy lives in a hotel”…… I wondered how the fuck anyone could study for their leaving cert as part of a family living in a fucking hotel room. What chance do those pupils have compared to those that live in a house. That have a room to study in, a kitchen table to do homework on. It really is a disgrace.