The conditions in the Oliver Bond flats are appalling, as a new report has outlined. I raised this with the Minister, who hadn’t even read the report. And people living in Oliver Bond, like other local authority tenants, have nowhere to go to complain, other than to the same authority that neglects them in the first place! Ireland was found guilty of breaking EU laws in failing tenants like this. And the govt wants to delay promised regeneration by another 4 years!! The Minister says he’s going to do something. Let’s see….. #Oliver Bond. 1.7.21

The march by thousands of people through Dublin today (5.11.19) was a moving and powerful experience. Lets hope this is the start of a movement that will punish the landlord parties and see in real housing reform.

Up to 32 vulnerable families living in 2 apartment blocks in Inchicore, are threatened with eviction. The landlord says he wants to refurbish, but no alternative accommodation for the tenants, while this is going on, have been offered. And this is what the landlord class can do – disregard basic human decency. I put the case to Simon Coveney today

Bríd addresses a local rally at the disused Players Wills factory on SCR. The rally was to highlight the failure of NAMA to deliver this site for public and affordable housing, instead of developer’s profits. It was also to publicise the National Homeless and Housing Coalition march planned for Dec 1st.

“Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith called on TDs who are landlords to abstain from voting on her group’s private members motion, due to be put before the Dáil this afternoon, calling for “emergency measures to address the worsening housing and homeless crisis.She said there was a “conflict of interest” which was “immoral.Deputy Smith said that at least 30 TDs are landlords and benefit from the subsidies which she said would grow to €1 billion next year.She called on the Taoiseach to instruct deputies who are landlords not to vote in the motion because they would compromise themselves, and the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties.”