Join the discussion. No conversation about current housing issues in Ireland would be complete without addressing the precarious rental sector. People of all ages and nationalities living in Ireland, whether students, workers, homemakers or retired, single, married or in families, are affected by the rental market. On the closing night of Housing Unlocked, join us for a participatory event on this urgent topic, chaired by Dr Rory Hearne. We can’t solve the rental crisis, but we can offer a platform for discussion. We will not ignore the impact of insecure tenancies on people’s lives. We have to speak up.
Share your story: Are you willing to share your lived experience of renting a home in Ireland? We are offering 5 people a small fee of €50 for a short contribution to the discussion. Please complete this form by 9 February and we will contact you to follow up.
Have the last word. Following the talks, you will all have the voluntary opportunity to reflect and respond as individuals by writing a short postcard story, using prompts from IAF Communications Officer, Dr Felicity Maxwell. RENT is the final event in Housing Unlocked – your contributions are the last word. Pin them up, read each other’s, and build momentum for change.
Dr Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on housing, rights and inequality; civic engagement and civil society; the changing nature of the welfare state; and climate, social policy and inequality. He has researched and published on housing and social housing, spatial disadvantage, housing rights, economic inequality, neoliberalism and the welfare state, social justice, and social movements. His recent books include Housing Shock: The Irish Housing Crisis and How to Solve It (Policy Press, 2020) and Gaffs: Why no one can get a house… and what we can do about it (Harper Collins Ireland, 2022).
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