A major rally against homelessness will take place in Galway tomorrow.

The Raise the Roof rally will take place in Eyre Square at 1pm on Monday, and will see trade unions, political parties, housing agencies, community groups, women's groups and student unions joining forces in protest at the worsening housing situation in Galway and nationally.

Recent figures show the number of homeless in this country has risen to over 10,000 for the first time, while many agencies - including COPE Galway - believe the real figure is far higher, as this does not count people sleeping rough or couch hopping.

A number of musicians will also perform at tomorrow's rally, including folk / roots trio The Whileaways and solo artist Pauline Scanlon, along with members of the Galway Buskers' Community.

Raise the Roof is demanding radical action on the housing emergency at a national and regional level, including: significant investment in public housing, action on evictions and rent certainty, plus the creation of a legal right to housing.




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