• Ensure Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Defective Concrete Blocks Bill
    The Defective Concrete Block crisis is now affecting at least 12 counties across the country: Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Louth, Meath, Dublin, Kildare, Carlow and Wexford. The crisis has seen thousands of homes, businesses and public buildings crumble, due to decades of State failure to enforce Building Control and Concrete Product Regulations, a system that continues today. For over 10 years, affected families and communities have endured Government inaction, a failed and inaccessible original Scheme and a standard (IS 465) to assess homes that is not fit for purpose nor science-led. Tens of thousands of homeowners have protested on two occasions in Dublin, are at financial and psychological breaking-point and they need your help. Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, has announced his intention to rush the Defective Concrete Blocks Bill through the legislative process and bypass the important step of pre-legislative scrutiny by the Housing Committee. This is against the wishes of the victims of this crisis and concerns expressed by both Scientists and the Insurance industry. The leading expert on concrete, Dr. Andreas Leemann, has described the Department of Housing’s proposed minor remediation options as ‘playing with fire’, whilst some homeowners have already been advised by insurance companies they will not be eligible for home insurance cover following remediation on the Scheme. But, the Government is ignoring these important warnings. Victims want pre-legislative scrutiny of this important Bill to ensure the Scheme works this time and is: o Accessible and provides the ‘Full Redress’ promised by Minister Darragh O’Brien o Includes all homeowners in all affected counties o Based on science and provides effective and durable remediation options Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Defective Concrete Blocks Bill would allow Housing Committee member TDs and Senators, from both Government and Opposition, to conduct a detailed examination of the Bill and, most importantly, to invite experts and stakeholders to provide their inputs. This will ensure the Government Gets it Right this Time and that families can move on with their lives. Without pre-legislative scrutiny, the new Scheme will be another failure and families will remain in crisis. Please sign this petition to let all TDs and Senators know you support our demand for Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Defective Concrete Blocks Bill.
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  • Stop the Shannon Arms Evictions in Limerick City
    Around 100 residents in the Shannon Arms on Henry Street are currently facing mass evictions from several landlords, most notably, Supermacs owner and multimillionaire, Mr. Pat McDonagh. Some of the other landlords have a history of mass evictions from the properties they control. Tenants have come together as part of CATU Ireland (www.catuireland.org) to resist these evictions. Some evictions have already occurred at the Shannon Arms complex, with further evictions taking place at the end of May - let's show Pat McDonagh that the public support the tenants by signing this petition! Though these evictions have been raised in the Dáil, and with other relevant bodies including the local council, there has been no tangible intervention to help the tenants, some of whom are young families and people with disabilities. The looming threat of these evictions have deeply damaged both the mental and physical health of a number of tenants, which has led to some residents being hospitalised. Due to the extremity of the housing crisis, and the lack of housing available within the city, there are scant options available for the tenants if they are to be evicted at the end of the month. We are calling on Pat McDonagh, and the other landlords who oversee the buildings to revoke these eviction notices and let the Shannon Arms residents remain in their homes.
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  • Stop O'Devaney Homes being sold to Vultures!
    In September 2021 the sale of homes at O'Devaney Gardens to vulture funds and large corporate landlords was banned, due to public outcry. Since then Bartra Capital, the main developers of the site, lobbied An Bord Pleanala, including threatening legal action, to rescind the ban. This week An Bord Pleanala caved. This means that hundreds of homes that could have been used for public housing, cost rental and affordable purchase will now, most likely, be sold in one big chuck to a vulture fund or large corporate landlord, who will charge extortionate rent and give little back to our community, unless we stop them. Dublin City Council Management have a responsibility and the power to step in and uphold a ban on the sale to vulture funds and large corporate landlords. Sign and share this petition to ensure that Dublin City Council Management step in and stop O’Devaney homes being sold to vulture funds and large corporate landlords.
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  • Establish an Irish State Construction Company Now
    1. A State construction company would divert scarce skilled construction labour to building projects where it is urgently required. a. In the midst of a national housing crisis, just over a quarter (26.6%, n=40,000) of the total 150,000 construction workers in Ireland are actually building residential homes. Many are building hotels and offices. 2. A State construction company would attract more young people toward pursuing a career in construction by offering quality permanent employment and better working conditions. a. There is currently a shortage of skilled construction workers. Young people are reluctant to enter an industry sector with high job insecurity, hazardous working conditions, bogus self-employment, inadequate pay and employee benefits, and boom-bust bouts of unemployment. b. Establishing a state construction company could counter this by offering quality permanent employment, paid apprenticeships and the opportunity to upskill, improved wages and employee benefits (e.g. improved pension provisions, early retirement schemes, sickness pay, and death in service compensation), better regulation, and improved safety and quality standards. c. The average age of employed construction workers was 42.3 years in 2017, we urgently need to attract young people into pursuing a career in the construction sector. 3. A State construction company could also achieve economies of scale in the purchase of materials, vital at a time of price inflation and rising construction costs. https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40744002.html?msclkid=433241c3b3b911ec927ed3f61cdce8d4
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  • Save Richmond Road Studios
    The disintegration of of Dublin’s cultural scene is a palpable presence in many peoples lives both in and outside of the creative industries. It’s the rental crisis, it’s the cost of living, it’s the disappearance of voices, it’s the endless hustling juggle of trying to keep the disintegration at bay, it’s knowing that there are bigger and constantly unfolding emergencies in our collective daily experience. Dublin has been plundered of its creative spaces for years. Richmond Road Studios is one of the last remaining unfunded and non-profit studios, originating from a time when Dublin was literally bursting to the seams with affordable studios. We are now in receivership and have been given notice. Are we really ok with what our city is becoming? We might have no central heating, and our building can rattle and leak, but it is ours. And we want to stay, and have nowhere else to go. Help us, because what our city is becoming is not ok. We have been extremely lucky to have received a substantial amount of free legal advice since we went into receivership on the 8th of February. However, our legal situation is complex due to a number of factors. We would like to raise money to cover our legal costs in order to properly employ and remunerate those who have been so generous with their time, in order to fight for our studio. Dublin City Council has agreed unanimously to assist us in exploring how they can support the provision of a space for Richmond Road Studio members. But donating to this GoFundMe campaign will allow us to continue to fight for the livelihoods of 20 artists through buying us time to secure a permanent resolution for the studios with the support of Dublin City Council. As mentioned above, this is a far wider issue than just our studio. This is each and every one of us, living in this city, who deserves to experience a city that is rich in culture, in all forms. So help us save our studio, and in so doing, help us change the narrative of a city that is in the midst of a cultural crisis that is gutting our spaces from under us. https://gofund.me/c0ffe468 Update: We have succeeded in securing four months notice rather than the six months that we had hoped for. However we are not done yet! We want Dublin City Council to honour their commitment to look into purchasing our building for us, and failing that to support us in finding an alternative space.
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  • Save Dylan from Eviction
    Dylan Mooney has lived in Sallynoggin for 27 years. He has strong links with the local area and community and two children in local schools. His neighbours want him to continue living in the community. A few years ago, Dylan moved out of the council house where he had lived with his mother, Margret Mooney, his whole life and was taken off the rent book. A year later he moved back in and applied to be re-registered as a resident. The application was submitted although due to the impact of Covid there was a delay getting hold of one official document. The council was notified of this delay (although they are now refusing to accept this). Sadly during this time Margaret passed away. At that point the council decided he could not be added to the rent book because his family member was no longer living there and that his application was ineligible. This would not have been an issue if they had shown any form of decency or consideration for the extremely difficult circumstances Dylan was facing. The council is now taking legal action to try to get Dylan evicted. If this is allowed to happen it will have a massive negative impact on Dylan and his children. He will be forced to register as homeless and apply to the council for support finding alternative housing. This is also an enormous waste of money, both the cost of the council taking legal action and because Dylan will most likely have to register for the Housing Assistance Payment if he is evicted. All this emotional hardship and these extra financial costs could all be saved if Dylan is allowed to remain in his home. The council should be helping to solve homelessness, not causing it! This eviction cannot be allowed to happen. Dylan is asking for a strong show of community support in order to pressure the council to allow him to remain in his home. Please sign and share this petition to show your support.
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  • Communities not Investors! - Reject the Rezoning of Shanowen Road Lands
    The rezoning of Shanowen Road Lands from Z6 "Employment and Enterprise" to Z1 “Residential" by DCC without an actual local development plan for the area would be a disaster for our local community. Notwithstanding the complete lack of appropriate face to face local consultation on the redevelopment, there are a number of serious issues emerging around the redevelopment. This development will mean that already overburdened local infrastructure will come under severe strain – detailed proposals on mitigating the negative impact on roads and public transport (Metrolink project cited in the proposal is not yet funded or guaranteed) are all missing from the existing proposal. This development also fails to provide much needed community facilities, green spaces and guarantees on local employment that would be lost from the site. With a greatly increased local population, it is likely there will be issues with scarcity of childcare facilities, GP care and other essential services. On top of all of these issues, the proposed development will do little to address the shortage of social and affordable housing in Dublin North West. The planned rezoning from Z6 "Employment and Enterprise" to Z1 “Residential” may look good on the surface but, in truth, the development is likely to be a Strategic Housing Development, where the bulk of units developed will be built-to-rent, owned by private investors. We are not opposed to new homes, but we want to see quality public and genuinely affordable housing in our area, and it must be built sustainably, with the community in mind. For Santry/Whitehall to grow and thrive, it will take a different model of planning, to the developer-led process that this site is following. We call on all DCC Councillors to reject this proposed Rezoning.
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  • Stop Eviction of Mohammad, Roobeena and Family
    Mohammad, Roobeena and their family have been renting their current house for 6 years, and have lived in the wider North Dublin area for 12. Their children are 3, 4, and 7 years old and have grown up in the local area. Mohammad cannot work anymore following a road traffic accident in 2018. In June 2021, the family received an eviction notice from their new landlord and their estate agents wanting to sell the house. Due to the difficulty of finding housing at the moment, and in particular for families and disabled people, Mohammad joined CATU looking for support. Through the backing of neighbours and CATU supporters, Mohammad and Roobeena are asking for another 6 months from the letting agent and landlord in their current accommodation to allow them to find a long-term alternative. Please sign this petition to demand the same and stop a family being pushed into homelessness this winter. #NoWinterEvictions
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  • Rathdown Needs A Women's Refuge Now
    We are failing the women and children in the community. Currently we have a population of 218,018 and no domestic violence refuge. The shortage of emergency accommodation for people affected by domestic violence is an issue that is getting progressively worse. Domestic violence spikes significantly during the festive season which is exacerbated by the pressures brought about by Covid-19 and the housing crisis. The provision for domestic violence in our area is comprehensively under developed. There are 144 refuge spaces available nationwide yet Dublin alone needs 143 refuge spaces, and Ireland needs almost 500. There are only 31 spaces, in 4 refuges, to service the entire Dublin area. 68% of the calls Women's Aid made to refuges are being turned away due to there being no room left. The nearest refuge for Rathdown is in Bray, this means that many people may have to travel for over an hour on public transport to be turned away. This huge lack of essential support services results in: • Unmet requests for refuge everyday; • Accommodation problems and homelessness; • People trapped in abusive relationships; • Increasing likelihood of people returning to violent and abusive homes; • Fear of reporting the abuse due to the lack of emergency accommodation available; The government is failing women and children. The most vulnerable people in our society are being failed on every level and government inaction continues to silence them. This is a national issue - there are currently 9 counties without a refuge. Please sign this petition, and please support the work of Carlow Women's Refuge Campaign too: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/carlow-needs-a-women-s-refuge
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  • Freeze rent increases now
    Wages haven't gone up 14% - so neither should rents. The latest Daft.ie report says that we are in an "extreme supply shortage" - and landlords and estate agents are taking advance of this by hiking up prices because they know people are desperate. Renters are being put under more pressure to pay higher rents more despite their wages not increasing in line with it and the cost of living rising. We cannot handle any more increases, the very minimum we need is a rent freeze immediately. The government says it has a plan to build tens of thousands of houses in the coming years - if it really believes it, they'll have no issue in a time-limited rent increase ban to give renters space to breathe. Daft 2022 Q3 report: https://ww1.daft.ie/report?d_rd=1 Uplift's People's Housing Plan: https://www.uplift.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/14930_Uplift_housing_report_WEB-1.pdf
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  • Stop CETA: Stop corporations rigging the rules
    CETA is a proposed trade deal between the EU and Canada. Buried in the smaller print there is the creation of a hugely problematic new court (ICS) that will override our current courts. But CETA is a lot more than a trade deal - it’s a dangerous corporate power grab that gives multinational corporations extraordinary powers to sue us for millions of euros in shady tribunals if they believe our local and national government policies have put our interests ahead of their expected profits. For example, if CETA were to be implemented and the government enacts limits on rent, as Ireland's largest private landlord (often referred to as a 'Vulture Fund') is Canadian - Ires Reit - they could sue the state to make up for any loss of profit to the Canadian company. If we bring in more climate laws or regulation to work towards addressing some of the causes of climate crisis - companies can sue is if they think the laws will affect their profits too. Governments have been sued in other countries who have introduced these new types of courts. This new court system, that supersedes and operates outside our own court system, would lead an already corporate-friendly government further down the road of putting business profits above the needs of Irish people and make secure, sustainable and affordable homes more out of reach. Once CETA is ratified, it allows investors to go straight to these special tribunals and sideline domestic courts and those of the European Union. Investor court decisions cannot be challenged by either the State or the EU - this is the equivalent of handing corporations a blank cheque! We must stand against this corporate takeover that will risk our efforts of addressing the climate and housing crises. For more info on CETA ICS, check out this fact checker: https://comhlamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CETA-ICS-Fact-Checker.pdf Image source: Avaaz
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  • Stop the HSE from shutting down the Soup Runs for Homeless
    The Homeless and Needy of our country are abandoned by the state. It is up to us, the general public, to look after their welfare, with food, clothing, sleeping bags, tents and very often just to lend an ear. We can not simply be ignored, just as our service users can't be abandoned either.
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