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

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:

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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