Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam O’Maonlai has echoed the sentiments of Irish artists in calling out the Government’s lack of response to the Dublin’s property crisis.
Last month Irish singer songwriter David Kitt announced that he would be leaving Ireland, claiming he could “no longer afford to live in his hometown”.
O’Maonlaoi, also a resident of Dublin, has supported Kitt’s claim that property and rental prices in the capital are driving people away.
“The current situation is obscene. It’s inhuman and criminal, It’s a joke and it isn’t funny”, he told The Irish Mirror.
While The Hothouse Flowers have built up a strong fanbase in their 30 years as a successful and much loved touring band, O’Maonlaoi said that the tail end of every month can be a struggle.
“We (The Hothouse Flowers) have been able to get by because we have a solid base and have the ability to pick up the phone and set things up.
“But we still sometimes struggle at home.
“We just about make it to the post every month with bills and everything.
“We’re in our 50’s now, you know we should be taking out the slippers and the hot chocolate and watching soft porn on Netflix”.
O’Maonlaoi feels that people in positions of power have an obligation put the spotlight on what he feels is an increasingly urgent issue.
“Creative people are those that might be able to make a note of it and draw attention to the issue and in that way do something about it,” he said.
“Luckily creativity has a life of its own and a will of its own.”
His band will spend next week 50 kilometres outside of Dublin in Drogheda at the annual Fleadh Ceoil.
The Hothouse Flowers come into the festival on the back of a run of gigs that started in Naeba Japan and ended in Gorey county Wexford last month.
“The Fleadh is a great thing you know it’s part of old Irish history and it’s great to be invited to dip our oar in,” O’Maonlai said.
“I just love the concept of musicians from North, South, East and West of the country congregating in one place and playing all day every day for a week.
“I enjoy the mix of competition players and those who are just playing on the street you know it’s really an amazing thing.
“There are some amazing youngsters coming up, playing with a timeless style and I think we’re really lucky in this country to have such a comprehensive network that they can draw from – it links the old to the young.
The Fleadh Ceoil runs from the 12th to the 18th of August, Hothouse Flowers fans can catch O’Maonlai and band perform on Friday the 17th of August at the Crescent Centre in Drogheda from 10pm.
Source: Celebrity News Ireland