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Thousands took part in a protest in Dublin to highlight the country’s housing crisis, with demonstrators calling for immediate action from the government to address the housing shortage.

The rally was organized by Raise the Roof, a campaign group made up of labor unions, advocacy groups, homeless agencies, student unions, and political parties.

The assembly began in Parnell Square and made its way to government buildings, where it delivered a number of speeches.

Thousands of people of all ages filled Merrion Square South.

Actor Liam Cunningham during the Roof Raising March in Dublin. Photo: PA Images

Pensioners and elderly spouses joined students and young families to urge the government to take action.

A platform was set up near government buildings where a number of speakers from trade unions and electoral groups spoke to the crowd.

Opposition parties including Sinn Féin, People Before Profit, the Labor Party and the Social Democrats also participated.

Speakers included INMO Secretary General Phil Ni Chigda, Louise Bayliss from Focus Ireland, housing expert Dr Rory Hearn and representatives from asylum seekers’ groups.

Retirees and elderly couples joined students and young families in the march (Niall Carson/PA)

Actor Liam Cunningham was among those who led the march to government buildings.

Mr Cunningham told the Palestinian News Agency: “I am sick and tired of foreign investment and eagle funds, and what was known as absentee angels when I was young and old, that it took revolutionaries in this country 800 years to remove, and this government and the previous government called for a return.”

“These people are out for profit. They have neither a soul nor a heart and the people who live in this country are suffering because of it.”

Dr. Hearney called for an immediate change in government housing policy.

This crisis is not caused by those who are homeless. Millennials don’t get to eat a lot of avocado toast. Not because of the refugees. It wasn’t because of inflation, Dr. Hearn told the crowd.

The housing crisis was caused by the government’s policy that year after year after year refused to freeze rents, refused to build social housing, refused to address default and vacancy, and refused to put the necessary funds into it.

“It’s time for a change, and that starts today.”

Sinn Féin TD’s Martin Kenny told RTÉ on Saturday with Katie Hannon that government housing policies are not working.

He said that the government erred in its housing targets and this is what prompts people to take to the streets to protest.

The figures show that 11,397 people were registered as homeless in Ireland last month, according to the government’s official tally.

This includes 3,480 children and 1,601 families.

It is the fourth month in a row that housing ministry numbers have risen to a record high.

There was an increase of 422 people in the one month through October, from the 10,975 people who were registered as homeless in September.

Housing charity Focus Ireland said the figures represented a 29 per cent increase in the number of homeless people in 12 months, compared to 8,830 people registered as homeless in October last year.


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