A Right to Housing

Adequate shelter is one of the most basic human needs and is consequently one of the most important human rights. This government doesn’t agree. We face a huge housing crisis. In October 2014, the official rough sleeper count was 20% higher than the previous year and nearly double the 2012 figure. According to April 2015 figures there are 3,000 people in emergency accommodation. Some families are forced to live in a single room. The number of homeless children continues to rise.


There are almost 90,000 households on the social housing waiting list. 104,693 households were in mortgage arrears at the end of Q1 2015. The number of accounts in arrears over 90 days was 74,395. Government inaction on home repossessions and rising rents are driving more families into homelessness.

Sinn Féin Would:

  • Deliver 10,000 social housing units by the end of 2017. This will be funded by a once off strategic investment fund injection of €1 billion to build over 6000 units, the government’s budgeted 1,700 units and additional capital expenditure in 2016 & 2017.
  • Introduce rent controls, which would help stem the rising tide of homelessness.
  • Amend the Land Conveyancing Act to give greater protection to the family home.
  • Empower the Central Bank to be able to set caps on the Standard Variable Rate at the state backed banks.