Housing Rights and Reform Alliance
|National Secretary||Diarmaid Ó Cadhla|
|Headquarters||99 Douglas Street, Cork|
|Ideology||Housing rights, local government reform|
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The Housing Rights & Reform Alliance (HRRA) (Irish: An Chomhdháilíocht um Cearta Tithíochta agus Athchóiriú Rialtais) is a political party in Ireland. which is registered for local elections. It was founded in Cork in October 2018. Its formation was announced that month on the steps of Cork City Hall, following the arrest of Cork Housing Action members who occupied the chamber of the local county council. It fielded six candidates in the 2019 local elections for Cork City Council, with none being elected.
The alliance was launched by Cork County Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla. Ó Cadhla had run in the 2011 Irish general election in the Cork South-Central constituency as a 'People's Convention' candidate. Following the election he was ordered to serve five days in Cork Prison for not paying a fine handed to him for not disclosing election donations. Ó Cadhla said that he was standing up for what he believed in by not declaring election expenses, saying that the legislation discriminated against independents.
The Housing Rights and Reform Alliance has demanded that the government set up a National Emergency Committee on Housing and Homelessness, noting that this was done for what it perceives to be less important issues such as bad weather and the foot-and-mouth crisis. The alliance has also called for a programme of building public and affordable housing to address the current housing crisis in Ireland. It has also called for councils to take more action against 'rogue landlords' and greater protection for families facing eviction.
Aside from housing, the group has proposed a reform in local government so that "Council members [are] held accountable", and that there is greater participation in decision making.
The group has said that it welcomes support from all "regardless of other political preferences, ideology or social class". It describes itself as being neither left or right. Despite being a registered political party, the group does not call itself a political party and opposes the party whip system.
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