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A conference organised by Brid in March 2015 on the housing crisis attracted over 300 participants. Speakers included Fr Peter McVerry, Dr Andrew McLaren (Centre of urban and regional studies TCD), and Eileen Short – housing campaigner from East London as well as activists and campaigners past and present on the issue of social housing.

The videos below features some of the speakers at the conference and contributions from the floor.

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The protest took place on March 4th 2014 and was called by People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett and People Before Profit candidate for Europe Cllr. Brid Smith, who have repeatedly raised the issue of housing in the Dáil and Dublin City Council respectively over the last three years and who believe current government housing policy is directly generating a housing and homelessness emergency. The following day in Dail Eireann People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett introduced a new bill in the Dáil today that would outlaw the discrimination by landlords against those in receipt of rent allowance.

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Cllr Brid Smith along with other People Before Profit public representatives have been campaigning for the rights of people to social housing, rights that have been ignored by this government. Brid used the media opportunities provided by her candidacy for the European parliament to promote the demand for a strategy that addresses public housing need.

Brid speaks on housing crisis on Vincent Brown programme

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