The Raise the Roof campaign group is to stage a national Rally for Housing in Dublin on Saturday, 26th November, as part of a wider initiative that will also see a series of major public meetings on housing in the capital, over the coming weeks.
The Raise the Roof campaign group is comprised of trade unions, housing and homeless agencies, women’s groups, political parties, representatives of older people, Traveller groups, children’s advocacy groups, community organisations and student unions.
The national Rally for Housing will take place in Dublin on Saturday, November 26 and will feature a number of musical acts who will perform on the day. Further details on the rally and on participating acts will be made public in the coming days.
The series of public meetings on housing organised by Raise the Roof will take place in a number of locations across the city and feature a range of speakers representing trade unions, political parties, housing and homeless agencies and others affected by the worsening housing crisis.
The first in the series of meetings takes place tonight (1st November) in the Rua Red Centre in Tallaght (7pm) and will feature: Linda Scully, (SIPTU/Raise The Roof); Eoin Ó Broin TD; Paul Murphy TD; Tara Heffernan (Focus Ireland).
A further public meeting will be held on Thursday, 3rd November, in the Le Chéile Community Centre, Donnycarney (8.30pm) and will feature: Frank Connolly (Siptu/ Raise the Roof); Rory Hearne; Cian O’Callaghan TD; Kelly-Anne Byrne, Lived Experience Ambassador (Focus); Cllr Alison Gilliland; Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha.
Additional Raise the Roof public meetings will also take place on 21st November in Dun Laoghaire, 23rd November in the Woodquay Venue, Dublin city centre and on 24th November in River Valley, Swords. Speaker details for these events will be announced shortly.
This follows a series of Raise the Roof public meetings that took place across the country over the summer months: in Navan, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Maynooth.
The Raise the Roof campaign has consistently called for a radical shift in housing policy to address the deepest housing crisis in our history, including: a State-led housing programme with a mandate to deliver affordable homes for all; emergency measures to reduce homelessness and shorten time spent in emergency accommodation; an end ‘no fault’ evictions, introduction of a freeze rents and measures to ensure long-term security for renters; a referendum to enshrine the Right to Housing in the constitution.