Local Election Candidate for Clonakilty-Skibbereen

Evie Nevin is a writer and disability rights activist living in Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Evie founded and ran Disabled People Together for Yes during the successful 2018 campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment. She traveled all over Ireland addressing public meetings on how the Eighth disproportionately affected people with disabilities in accessing abortion services.

Since then Evie has continued to speak in public and to the media about how people with disabilities and chronic pain are affected by various aspects of society.

Evie was brought up in Ballincollig and moved to Clonakilty at 17 with her parents and sister. She attended Griffith College and has a BA in Journalism and Media Studies. Other qualifications include diplomas in Forensic Science, Criminology, Web Design and Digital Marketing from CMIT.

She is mother to Alex and Olivia and married to Martin. Evie and her children suffer from a rare genetic disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome of which there is no expertise in Ireland.

Evie believes that everyone has the right to adequate healthcare regardless of their income, the right to a home that they can call their own and that everyone has a part to play in protecting the environment and improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

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I drove past Patrick's Quay on Wednesday on the way to my ISL course.

My almost 9 yo son has become very aware of the homeless crisis in our city this past year.

He asked me why people were being left out in the street and what is being done to help them.

I couldn't reply. I had no decent answer to explain to him why people were forced to live in tents. Nothing I could say without upsetting him anyway.

What indeed is being done to help these people?

The Government has refused our party's proposal to freeze our rapidly growing rental prices.

While it will not solve the housing crisis, it will ensure people who are already struggling paying their rent won't end up in this very situation.

Minister Coveney says that the core issue is lack of housing.

There are houses both private and council empty all over the country.

There are holiday homes all over west Cork sitting idle most of the year, there are council houses boarded up, there are unfinished houses sitting there since our collapse.

Yes, we absolutley need to build more affordable housing but there are THOUSANDS of empty homes which could help a huge portion of the 10,000 homeless people living in Ireland.

This could happen to anybody living in privately rented accomodation. It's not a class issue, an addiction issue, it's a human rights issue.
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I drove past Patricks Quay on Wednesday on the way to my ISL course. 

My almost 9 yo son has become very aware of the homeless crisis in our city this past year.

He asked me why people were being left out in the street and what is being done to help them.

I couldnt reply. I had no decent answer to explain to him why people were forced to live in tents. Nothing I could say without upsetting him anyway.

What indeed is being done to help these people?

The Government has refused our partys proposal to freeze our rapidly growing rental prices.

While it will not solve the housing crisis, it will ensure people who are already struggling paying their rent wont end up in this very situation.

Minister Coveney says that the core issue is lack of housing. 

There are houses both private and council empty all over the country. 

There are holiday homes all over west Cork sitting idle most of the year, there are council houses boarded up, there are unfinished houses sitting there since our collapse.

Yes, we absolutley need to build more affordable housing but there are THOUSANDS of empty homes which could help a huge portion of the 10,000 homeless people living in Ireland.

This could happen to anybody living in privately rented accomodation. Its not a class issue, an addiction issue, its a human rights issue.

 

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Well said evie.

Not only that, but certain elements on the council want to evict the homeless people from their tents. I just can't get my head around their priorities. *Evict* homeless people? Shouldn't you be *housing* homeless people?

The Social Democrats today set out the party’s priorities for the new Dáil term, calling for a nationwide freeze on rents at current levels to stem the flow of low-and-middle income earners into homelessness.

Speaking ahead of the resumption of the Dáil after the summer break, the party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD accused the Fine Gael-led government of exacerbating the housing crisis and putting developers and private property rights ahead of the public good.

Deputy Shortall said:

"This new Dáil session coincides with the tenth anniversary of the financial crash which brought the country to its knees. Yet a decade later, this Fine Gael led government, with the support of Fianna Fáil, is continuing with the same failed policies that put the interests of private developers and land speculators ahead of workers and families.

“One of the worst effects of the housing crisis is that more and more people are relying on private rental accommodation. Rents are at record levels. According to DAFT, rents nationwide have risen by 75% since 2011 and are now 27% higher than their 2008 peak.”

The party’s Political Director and Consumer Affairs Spokesperson, Anne Marie McNally added:

“Spiralling rents are at the heart of the surge in homelessness in recent years as more and more people are being priced out of their homes. It’s obvious that the existing rent caps are not working. For a start, they don’t apply to the whole country. They also apply too high a cap and are much too easy for landlords to evade.

“The Government needs to intervene now to stop rents sky-rocketing any further. We have to end this exploitation of renters and those priced out of the housing market. That objective should start with an inescapable nationwide rent freeze now.”
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Hope everyone is having a good Monday!

Busy week ahead which includes my first Irish Sign Language class. I believe all public representatives should have some level of ISL in order to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing constituents.

Also on the agenda is the City of Sanctuary's event about bringing migrants into Irish politics.

I am very much looking forward to this event and meeting other public representatives to make Irish politics a more inclusive place.
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It should be on the curriculum in primary school. Chances are, more people will use sign at some stage than irish

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After years of campaigning for the last Magdalene Laundry building owned by the State to be preserved as a memorial to survivors, Councillor Gary Gannon for Dublin Central for Dublin Central succeeded last night in blocking the sale of the site on Dublin's Seán McDermott Street.

Watch Gary's stirring speech in Dublin City Council chamber calling on his fellow councillors to support his motion to block the sale of the site to a hotel chain.
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One delighted parent here signing consent forms for the #hpvvaccine for my daughter, Amelia. 6 months ago, I didn't think I would be here to consent to this vaccine that will mean my daughter will NEVER get cervical cancer. Parents pls consent to this life-saving vaccine.

The 8th is gone. But I can not breathe a sigh of relief until we have our legislation. Tomorrow pregnant people will still need to travel, they'll still wait anxiously to see if their pills arrive in the post. Join us on at the #marchforchoice to show them your solidarity.

Kids at 8am on school days:
"Just two more minutes mommy, PLEEEAAASSSEEE?"
Followed by an argument.
Kids 7.30 on weekends:
"Come on mom wake up! Wake up!"
As they literally pry your eyes open with their tiny razor sharp fingernails.
Like....why?

Also looking forward to the City of Sanctuary's event on involving asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Irish politics. It will be great for parties to come together to make politics more inclusive.

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