Above back row from left: Gary Gannon, Anne-Marie McNally, Tara Deasy, Paul Muville, Rob Hunter, Rory Traynor. Front row: Sarah-Jane Hennelly, Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy, Patricia O’Dwyer, Jennifer Whitmore, Carly Rae-Bailey
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Róisín Shortall TD (top left) and Social Democrat party co-leader, Catherine Murphy TD (top right) with party councillors and spokespeople gathered for the SocDems Think In.
The theme ‘The Locked Out generation’ refers to young people and families in their twenties and thirties unable to secure proper homes. The party advocates a use it or lose it police for land hoarders.
Ms Murphy said:
“It can’t be business as usual. It has to be a war office-type approach to the area of homelessness.”
Of a possible role in a future coalition, Ms Shorthall said.
“We want to be in Government. We want to be working with other parties in order to change the direction of this country. So we’re not in the business of ruling people in or ruling people out,”
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