The Irish Housing Network has been set up by a collection of housing and homeless groups fighting this ongoing housing and homeless crisis. We believe in the basic premise that housing is a right that should be provided based on need. We aim to share information, resources and coordinate action with groups across the island.
Part 1: Radical Beginnings – Forming the Irish Housing Network
By Seamus Farrell
This is the first of a four part series on the Irish housing crisis and the fight back against it; focusing on the rise of the Irish Housing Network. This first part introduces the housing crisis and traditions of resistance, before then exploring why and how the Irish Housing Network came into being.
Parts Two, Three, and Four
The People's Housing Forum
Join us on January 30th at 9.30am for Part 2 of the People's Housing Forumat the Teacher’s Club on Parnell Square to discuss strategies for organising for the right to housing, following the demands of the previous forum. This will take the form of power structure analysis workshops, where we will collectively look at the people actually making the decisions around housing, and who actually has the power. Then we will discuss how we can organise and come together to challenge that power, and end this crisis. PSA’s are an extremely useful tool for mapping out campaigns, and we will be looking at the issues and power brokers in Social Housing; Private Rental Accomodation; Homelessness; Mortgages & Evictions; Traveller Accommodation; Migrants & Direct Provision. Click here for the facebook event
The Social Workers Action Network have launched their own newsletter, which can be read and downloaded here. SWAN is a network of social work practitioners, social care practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users united in their concern that social work and social care activity is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions, and they are a member of the Irish Housing Network.
North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community: Year in Review
North Dublin Bay has been one of the busiest areas in the country for organised community resistence to the housing crisis, and this is fundamentally down to the work of the North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community. This article on the IHN website recaps what NDBHCC has been up tp over the past year.
Violations of children's rights
On the 14th of January, The Minister for Health appeared before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to defend Ireland's abysmal record on children's rights. In this article for Broadsheet.ie, Michelle Russell an activist and researcher with Dublin Central Housing Action and the Irish Housing Network, details how austerity policies of this and previous governments have undermined the rights of children, going so far as harmful neglect. Kitty Holland, writing in the Irish Times outlined the minister's remarks here.