Raise the Roof protest draws huge attendance

by Rose Barrett
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A ‘Raise the Roof’ protest today drew large crowds today from stakeholders across the sector i.e representatives from various homeless agencies, housing groups, Not Our Fault, political parties, trade unions, etc.

Circa five thousand joined the ‘Rally for Housing’ which commenced from Parnell Square and over to Merrion Square.      

Musicians Donal Lunny, Glen Hansard and Laura Quirke were among those who supported the rally, along with actor Liam Cunningham who stood in for photos with the beleaguered Not Our Fault campaign group.

Not Our Fault were among the protesters at today’s housing rally organised by Raise the Roof with actor Liam Cunningham lending his support

The group makes up homeowners of Park West which was developed by Harcourt Developments, and sub-contracted out to P Elliot Company (the latter went into receivership last year).

As a result of self-certification for the building sector during 1991-2013, up to 100, 000 apartments were found to be defective, with lack of proper fire and safety insulation.

Homeowners such as Odette and Sam Doran and others now find themselves facing a debt of €68,5000 to bring their homes up to standard, despite the couple complying with surveyors and solicitors to oversee the completion of contracts.

At a recent meeting called by Keenan Property Management (KPM), homeowners were told it would €15.9m to fix their building – “€68,500 per unit, just under €300 per week on top of the cost-of-living crisis! We can’t come up with this kind of money!” said Odette.

Today’s rally called for immediate action to tackle the rental and housing issues, for the government to initiate emergency plans to reduce the growing homeless problem across Dublin and Ireland, and a proper state-led programme to address the escalating house prices in the capital.

Not Our Fault have called on Minister for Houising Darragh O’Brien to meet the group prior to their next protest at 7pm on Wednesday, December 14 outside the Dáil. Another protest will be held the week before on Wednesday, December 7 at 1pm with the group having a speaker raise the issue in the Oireachtas on the day.

Deputy Paul Murphy (PBP) stated the problems resulting from self-certification introduced by FG and rolled out by FF governments and called for Minister O’Briend to introduce a full redress programme before Christmas.

“These homeowners want to have certainty and comfort before Christmas, they don’t need this hanging over them for Christmas” said Deputy Murphy.

See previous related article: https://dublingazette.com//dublinlocalmatters/not-our-fault-building-flaws-55500/

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