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What does this mean?

It’s your right that you have a safe place to live.

It is your parent’s job to make sure your basic needs are met, this includes enough food, water, health care and a safe place to live. It is the Government’s job to help your family do that.

EXAMPLE: For those not able to afford their own house, you can apply for social housing from your local authority. There is a long list of people waiting for a social house.

Learn more about this right

  • There is no specific right to housing in Irish law. If you have no-where to live, the Government should put you in emergency accommodation.
  • Some people are worried about the effects of living in emergency accommodation on children’s lives, including their mental health and education.
  • The UN has told Ireland that it needs to think about making housing a right.
  • Under the Housing Act 1966-2004, it’s the right of your parents to apply for social housing assistance should they pass the conditions.