Respond College celebrates the offer of a €30,000 bursary from Social Justice Ireland for its BA degree programme in Housing and Community Studies

Respond College celebrates the offer of a €30,000 bursary from Social Justice Ireland for its BA degree programme in Housing and Community Studies, the first of its kind in Ireland and one that will fundamentally reshape our thinking about housing, exclusion, social and economic disadvantage and the kind of cohesive society to which the vast majority of people aspire: A degree course that will explore the multidimensional and complex relationships between the individual and the state between the individual and the community, all in the context of housing policy. Continue reading

Respond advocate honest confrontation of the current housing crises.

Housing. Undoubtedly one of the biggest social challenges currently confronting Irish society. It’s something we’ve never got right. Not this century and not in the last century. Not just in Ireland but internationally housing policies have been characterised as much by failure as by success.  Early twentieth century slums in Ireland were no different than slums in other European cities although Dublin slums were not caused by the burgeoning industrial revolution but by deindustrialisation and the abandonment of city-centre Georgian mansions. These once magnificent mansions became repositories of the poor and the very poor with very often multiple families occupying single rooms. Continue reading