Raise the roof protest

The trade union-led campaign network comprises a wide range of civil society bodies and political parties working for a radical change of housing policy to ensure the delivery of secure affordable homes for all. 

Visit the Raise the Roof website


Raise the Roof has called for a number of key measures, including:

  • Dramatically increase investment in housing in line with the ESRI call to double funding, with the State and local authorities embarking on an ambitious five year programme to build up to 100,000 homes over that timespan, with agreed numbers of public, affordable and cost rental units delivered annually;
  • Underpin the State-led housing programme with an explicit mandate and remit to deliver public and affordable homes with ‘affordability’ clearly defined and tied to income levels;
  • Guarantee in law that all public land will be retained in public ownership and used exclusively for public/ affordable homes, along with robust measures to tackle land hoarding and speculation;
  • Develop a Secure Tenancy Model in the rental sector by introducing tenancies of Indefinite Duration, a ban on ‘no fault evictions’ and a rent freeze until a new system of national rent regulation is established, with affordable rents linked to income levels
  • Hold a referendum to establish a Right to Housing to ensure the State meets its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights and the European Social Charter.