Representatives from a number of bodies, including political parties, trade unions, community groups and students took to this morning’s picket line at Waterford Courthouse.
27 homeowners in mortgage arrears appeared before the courts in Waterford this week, bringing the total amount to almost 200 since hearings resumed in September.
Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne told WLR News that he’s heard from people who’ve been forced to live in their cars.
“We met one fella, he was six weeks in a car, another girl she was in a car for two weeks, with three kids. Absolutely scandalous.”
He said the government need to take urgent action, particularly in the run up to Christmas.
“There is a housing crisis,” he said, ” this is an eviction crisis and we can’t get any traction with the government.”
Protester Marianne was recently made homeless.
“I was evicted after eight years of living at the property because (the landlord) wanted the property back for her daughter,” she said. “I’ve tried everything to find somewhere to live, I’ve got two children, I’m a single mum.”
Meanwhile, the WIT Students Union say students are being forced out of third level education due to the lack of suitable accommodation.
WITSU Welfare Officer Darren Malone said “unprecedented” numbers of students contacted him over the summer regarding housing.
“We’ve seen students forced to defer their place because they can’t find accommodation,” he said.
Viv Burns is a member of SHARE, a Waterford-based support group for people in mortgage arrears.
“Nobody wants to be in this situation,” she said, “people want to do a deal with the banks to the best of their ability, but the banks are not working with people. That’s where the government needs to step in.”