Dr Rory Hearne: a voice for housing, homelessness & social justice
I am an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University. I am a published author, researcher, policy analyst and active campaigner on issues of housing, inequality, politics, social policy, and human rights. I am also a busy dad with four children, ages 11 months, 4, 6 and 15.
Housing & Homelessness Expertise & Solutions
Academic Research & Policy Experience in addressing poverty & inequality
Active commitment to pursuing real change for equality, inclusion and sustainability
If elected to the Seanad, Rory Hearne will work to achieve the following:
Plan and policies to end homelessness – Setting up a Home Building Agency – A referendum to insert the Right to Housing in the Constitution – A Poverty Act to set targets and plan to eliminate poverty by 2030 – A Green New Deal measures to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% per annum and achieve a socially just transition – Measures to support marginalised groups in society & end discrimination particularly, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, social class – Measures to achieve an equal society
I am standing as an Independent candidate in the Seanad NUI panel because I want to bring my experience, expertise and commitment to make a major contribution to solving our housing and homeless crisis. I have consistently highlighted the devastating personal, societal and economic impacts of the crisis, and researched, developed, and proposed many solutions
I also want to highlight solutions that can address our unacceptable levels of inequality and poverty, promote a universal quality public health system, affordable and quality childcare, for an adequately supported and funded higher education system, for positive action to address the climate emergency, and for an enhanced democracy through reform of the Seanad and real support and recognition for civil society, community development and citizen participation
I believe that we need representatives in the Seanad who have experience, policy and political knowledge, commitment and willingness to contribute to substantive positive change
I have shown through my voluntary and paid work and campaigning over twenty years that I have the motivation, expertise and passion to be a strong and passionate voice for social justice and real change
The Seanad must be reformed to be inclusive of all voters
It is undemocratic, exclusive and restricted currently
Full list of nominators for Rory Hearne
Professor Niamh Hourigan, Mary Immaculate Limerick
Professor Kathleen Lynch. UCD Equality Studies Centre, School of Education. Founding Professor and Chair of Equality Studies 2003-2018.
Prof Michelle Norris. Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD.
Prof Maurice Devlin. Head of Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.
Dr Seamus Taylor. Lecturer, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.
Dr Joe Larragy. Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.
Macdara Doyle .
Rachel Mullen. Values Lab.
Ann-Marie O Rielly. Policy Officer Threshold.
John Reynolds. Department of Law, Maynooth University.
Professor Cathal O’Connell. Head of School, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork.
Prof Hugh Frazer. Adjunct, Maynooth University.
Dr Padraic Kenna. School of Law, NUI Galway.
Mel Reynolds. Architect.
Orla O’Donovan. School of Applied Social Studies, UCC
Macdara Doyle, ICTU.
If elected I will be a Senator who will work with everyone who is willing to come together and solve the housing crisis. I will seek to bring together political representatives, civil society, NGOs, housing authorities, academics, cooperatives, to identify the barriers, the potential solutions and propose legislative changes that can solve the crisis. I will propose legislation for a right to housing, and for a referendum to put the Right to Housing in the Irish Constitution. I will propose a Poverty Act, that will set a target to end poverty and monitor the meeting of these targets. I will raise and campaign for issues such as quality & affordable childcare, community development, adequate funding for higher education, and measures to radically shift our society and economy to meet environmental sustainability and climate change requirements to avoid climate catastrophe and biodiversity loss.
I will be a representative and a voice that will hold government to account, raise the issues of civil society and excluded voices, and work damn hard to make this a Republic of Equality for all
I am part of the steering group of the Home For Good Campaign which is campaigning for a Referendum to include the Right to Housing in the Constitution. Groups I have been working with in this campaign include, the Simon Communities, Focus Ireland, Threshold, the Mercy Law Centre and many others
I have written a book called ‘Housing Shock: The Irish Housing Crisis and How to Solve It – which is centred on making the case for a major shift in our housing system to provide a rights based, affordable, environmentally sustainable, and community orientated housing system. This will be published in June 2020
And highlighted and raised the issue of the housing and homelessness articles in various media
This conference brings together several contributors on the linked challenges of climate change, human need and inequality. About this Event A Just Transition: -how do
There are solutions to the crisis. Here are seven important and innovative evidence based policy ideas that I have researched and developed in collaboration with
Reboot Republic Podcast
Almost two years ago I started a Podcast with Tony Groves to highlight the solutions to various social and economic crises, inequality, social exclusion, and climate change. Since then we have done over 100 episodes with interviews with many people from civil society and academia in Ireland and abroad including Naoimi Klein, the UN Rapportuer on the Right to Housing, the Children’s Ombudsman, the chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Richard Wilkinson author of the Spirit Level, Prof John Sweeney of Maynooth, the Irish Wheelchair Association, the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dr Lorna Gold, and many more.
You can see and listen to the podcasts here: