Northside protests scourge of neglect in Cork City as 400 council houses sit empty

Protesters gathered in north Cork at noon to denounce the abandonment of Cork Cities social housing stock, as a recent report revealed that 413 adults are currently homeless across the county.

They met at the Madden buildings in Blackpool – one of Cork City’s oldest social housing sites – where currently around 10% of the houses are vacant.

Protesters said the historic Worker’s Cottages in the heart of Blackpool once housed entire families but are now neglected and left empty when they could provide a home.

The protest was called by Cllr Fiona Ryan and TD Mick Barry – who believe abandoned social housing is a worrying factor in the housing crisis across the country, and they call on Cork City Council to urgently invest in the putting these houses back into service.

“It’s crazy to leave over 400 Council properties untapped at the same time that so many people need housing. There is a housing crisis in this country and we need to take concrete action to deal with it.” said Cllr Fiona Ryan. noted.

Mick Barry that he has no faith in the government and the council’s efforts to “tackle the housing crisis”.

“The housing crisis will only be resolved when we have a mass movement in the streets, as we have done with water charges. I hope protests like today’s can show the way. to be continued towards a movement of this kind, “he said.

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