Call for support with protest against housing and homeless crisis

Cllr. June Murphy, has been elected the new chairperson of the Northern Committee of Cork County Council.

Independent county councillor June Murphy is calling on the people of Mitchelstown and surrounding areas to get involved and support a national day of action against the homeless and housing crisis which is scheduled for April 7, 2018.

The protest is being organised by the National Homeless and Housing Coalition, which is supported by the organisations such as Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Merchants Quay Ireland, as well as a number of activism and trade union groups, political parties, actors and musicians.

Speaking to The Avondhu, Cllr Murphy said a lot of families are affected by homelessness and that this is something that can happen to anyone.

"I am currently working with the Housing Assistant Payment department (HAP) and the council, to try and ensure we find a place for families who are at risk of becoming homeless. A number of families have been sorted by myself, HAP, Cork County Council housing section and decent landlords.

"However, I have a number of families with notices to quit for the end of December and January which I'm worried about. So I would ask anyone who has a property for rent in Fermoy or Mitchelstown, to please get in contact and hopefully we can ensure no family is left homeless."

To support the event and to get involved, contact Cllr June Murphy by phone at 086-0677002 or by e-mail