Risteárd Ó Glaimhín

Cork City North East

Risteárd (aka Richie) has been a campaigner on housing rights for many years, he has been through homeless life and found his way out.

For the past two years Richie has been a leading member of Cork’s Housing Action Group, he has spent many nights sleeping outside City Hall and outside Dáil Éireann to push the demand that Government setup a National Emergency Committee on Housing & Homelessness.

Richie was a leading member of the successful campaign to have the Homeless Persons Unit at Drinan Street closed down.  This facility was sub-standard and hugely disrespectful to the homeless, it had no family rooms, no privacy, no tea/coffee/water dock, no baby changing room, it didn’t even have a toilet.

Richie has helped others through the courts and through Adjudications and Tribunals of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), he had to go through this process himself several times.

Another campaign directly involving Richie was featured on an RTÉ Primetime Investigates programme, a tenancy dispute at Harbour Hill in Cobh featuring the worse kind of rogue landlord imaginable.  In the course of this dispute Richie’s neighbour (Leo Owens, RIP) needlessly died, having been neglected by all the institutions with responsibility his care, including: the Council, the RTB, Minister for Disabilities, HSE and the Department of Social Protection.

A report on the conclusion of this dispute is recorded on video here.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Born to Cork’s northside in 1966, Richie now lives in Ashmount, Silversprings.

Richie has spent years at sea on fishing trawlers (he grew up on Spike Island), and on building sites in Ireland, London and Belgium.

Following a number of years enduring all that homelessness brings, Richie re-established himself as a Youth Support Worker in Cork city, the scheme ended after just 4 years.  Today, Richie continues to dedicate himself to campaigning for community and family rights, focusing on the full scope of housing issues.