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Monday, 1 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, on Wednesday, a major rally will take place in Dublin to highlight the emergency housing crisis. Ten years after the banking crash in Ireland, the EU poster child of economic recovery is nothing more than a facade. Tonight at least 9527 people, of which 3700 are children, are homeless in Ireland. Children ashamed to tell their school friends that they have no home; children doing their homework in the toilet because there’s nowhere else quiet to go; eating junk food because their parents have nowhere to cook.

A lack of security of tenure means thousands more are living in terror that they will be next to join the homeless numbers, and all the while the Irish government pays exorbitant subsidies to the private rental sector in place of building public housing. Now, as a final insult, they want to transfer public lands to private developers to build houses that low and middle income families will never afford. This human tragedy will leave a legacy for years to come, and it is brought to you courtesy of the so-called stable politics of Fine Gael and their pals in the EPP.

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