Dáil debates

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

An Bille um an gCúigiú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (An Ceart chun Teaghaise) 2016: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to a Home) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members]

 

9:30 pm

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)

It is dishonest to say no houses are being built. As stated, while we are opposing the Bill, we recognise that the potential inclusion of such right to housing needs further consideration and we support doing so by way of its consideration by an Oireachtas committee which will consider all of the economic, social and cultural rights referred to in the eighth report of the Convention on the Constitution. While there is no constitutional right to housing, it is important to note that there are existing specific, substantive and procedural statutory rights to social housing assistance arising from legislation. They include the right to apply for social housing assistance and the right to be assessed for it once a person has applied for it; the right to obtain a housing assistance payment-----

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