Protesters outside the Central Mental Hospital
Protesters outside the Central Mental Hospital

Locals protested in Dundrum last weekend calling for “affordable homes.”

The crowd attended the ‘Affordable Homes Now’ protest outside the Central Mental Hospital on Saturday.

Among the protesters was a family in emergency accommodation, adults who cannot afford to leave their family home, families facing eviction, and people who are struggling with high rents.

The protest was the latest in a series of events that Dundrum Housing Action has organised over the last year.

Speaking at the protest, Dundrum Housing Action spokesperson Brian Leeson told Dublin Gazette: “The cost of housing in Rathdown is now among the highest in the country. Rents are already significantly above Celtic Tiger levels and house prices aren’t far behind.

“As a result, thousands of local people have little choice but to relocate to other counties and even other countries.

“This situation could be significantly addressed by the introduction of a new system of Universal Public Housing that would be open to low, middle and high-income households.”

Speaking in relation to public land in the Rathdown constituency Mr Leeson said: “Dundrum Housing Action have identified four publicly-owned sites in Rathdown that could be used for thousands of new homes.

Mr Leeson called on Minister Shane Ross and Minister Josepha Madigan to “to push for these four sites to be used as flagships for a new system of Universal Public Housing, similar to the one that operates very successfully in Vienna.”