Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses

Promises in the Constitution won’t build any more houses
Crowds outside Leinster House in Dublin during a Raise the Roof housing rights protestPA

Sinn Féin’s bid to get housing rights into the Constitution has failed in the Dáil. But the reality is that a right to a home would be meaningless if it could not be delivered on

Sinn Féin’s Right to a Home Bill was defeated in the Dáil last week.

Sponsored by Eoin Ó Broin TD, the bill sought to insert into the Constitution “a right to adequate, appropriate, secure, safe and, crucially, affordable housing.” The bill would give effect to the eighth report of the Constitutional Convention of March 2014, which was endorsed by 84 per cent of the citizen participants. It recommended the state introduce housing...

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