Saturday September 19, 2020

Citizens’ right to housing could create legal minefield

FOI documents show upcoming referendum will relate to the inclusion of such a right in the Constitution

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
6th September, 2020
The document, released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to Cian O’Callaghan, the Social Democrats TD, said that if such a right was not incorporated with “perfect clarity”, the state could leave itself open to legal proceedings Pic: RollingNews.ie

The state could be mired in legal wrangling for years if a “right to housing” is added to the Constitution, senior officials have warned.

A briefing compiled by the Department of Housing for the Green Party, before it signed up to the programme for government, said that adding a right to housing to the Constitution would not “magically mean that the state will be able to provide a home to everyone”.

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