Only six sign up for Wexford Housing Action Group pledge
Published 13/02/2016 | 00:00
SIX out of Wexford's 17 general election candidates signed up to Wexford Housing Group's pledge to 'find real solutions to the housing crisis.'
The group had invited all the candidates to sign the pledge during an awareness day at the Bullring last Saturday.
However, no-one from the main parties turned up.
Those who did were Ann Walsh, from the Green Party, Deirdre Wadding, People Before Profit, David Lloyd, Direct Democracy Ireland, Leonard Kelly, from the Social Democrats, and Independents Caroline Foxe and Emmet Moloney.
A spokesperson for the group said the aim of the pledge was to give voters a clear picture of which candidates support a radical overhaul of the current housing provision system.
'The Social housing stock is being privatised through HAP and RAS schemes. The practice of housing homeless families in bed and breakfasts is doing absolutely nothing to tackle the basic issue of supply,' said the spokespeson, 'Certain groups of homeless are being completely let down by the system.'
'There is no Shelter in the county for anybody in addiction or with mental health issues. Every person has a basic right to shelter, but their issues are being used against them to exclude them from homeless services. This is just not good enough in a country wich has seen the number of billionaires double since the beginning of the crisis.'