By Blathnaid O’Dea
Galway housing activists have announced their intention to protest at this evening’s Claire Byrne Live leaders’ debate.
The leaders’ debate is part of RTE’s Election 2020 coverage, and for the first time ever it is being held on campus at NUI Galway.
The protest is being organised by Galway Housing Support Group who have appealed to students affected by the housing crisis to join them outside the Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG, where the event is taking place.
“Join us outside the Bailey Allen Hall to be a part of the demonstration, hand out leaflets, or to just have a chat with us. This issue especially affects students – a Galway where students are currently paying exorbitant rent prices to live in shared hostel rooms.”
The group will gather this evening at 8.15pm before the debate is broadcast at 9.35pm. They are mainly calling for a change in government and for voters to prioritise housing in the upcoming election.
“For the election coming up on 08/02 – Galway Housing Support Group asks that constituents in Galway East and West highlight issues such as: increased homelessness, a refusal to build social or public housing, out of control rents, and out of touch profiteering politicians with those politicians seeking their votes.
Vote out Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and vote for politicians that are going to put housing rights first,” the group’s press release said.