Government Policies Taking Us Back To The Time Of Davitt And Parnell
This morning at 7.30AM the Dublin Sheriff sent a gang of thugs to Carpenterstown to evict two pensioners from their rental property, for which the rent had always been paid, at the behest of KPMG. They were put out in their nightclothes onto the street, without clothes, money, car keys, and were not allowed even in the presence of 3 Gardai to get back into the house to retrieve these things. All this on the morning of their court appearance to get a stay on the execution of the eviction when the Sheriff had weeks to take this action beforehand.
Not since the days of the Land League have we seen this kind of thing and it is now happening all too often, one would wonder had Captain Boycott returned from the dead. It is shocking how many breaches of law took place, not to mention the constitution, all in front of the Gardai who said they were there to prevent breaches of the peace only, however they failed to apply that duty equally when the occupants were assaulted and forcibly removed without consent. It is apparent that our justice system does NOT include justice as part of it’s remit, it is simply the application of statutes and devoid of law and justice. This must change under DDI.
The issue at hand is that for the entire time the couple have been on notice to quit they have searched for accommodation but cannot find anything suitable that they can afford on pensions and rent allowance, they are simply priced out of the market like most people on assistance. The local authority likewise has no accommodation available and have not for the last 4 years of asking, they also do not prioritise people until they are actually on the street. What a ridiculous strategy that is, a strategy that puts people through unnecessary stress and hardship. Stress that can and has killed.
The government have continued to show they have no housing policy other than leave it in the hands of the bankers and private sector, and it is not working. Social housing does not work when there is a profit to be made. The government must take urgent steps to solve this ever increasing crisis which is being driven by the banking sector. Start prioritising people for once.