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Is a Home a right or something to aspire to?

Housing and the homeless is back in the news again. In Dublin on May Day thousands marched the streets of the capital calling for more action by the government to tackle the homeless issue in Ireland.

Homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry called for “an effective public home building programme” at a rally held at Liberty Hall following the march. He was very determined to make the point and in his own words “Housing is a right, not a privilege”.

Siptu were also in attendance saying they wanted to “highlight the opposition of trade unions and housing activists to a Government plan to sell off local authority land to private developers”.

However many people out there believe that a home is a human right that should be protected by the state.

But is it a human right or is it an aspiration?

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