Sinn Féin has launched a bill that seeks to provide for a referendum to insert the right to secure appropriate and affordable housing into the constitution.

The 'Right to a Home' bill was launched today by the party's housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin.

"While this is not a silver bullet and does not guarantee people keys to a home the day after a referendum, it provides a basic floor of protection and obliges the Government to progressively realise that right through its policies and its actions," he said.

"Such rights exist in many other European and developing world countries."

He said that this is just one of the measures needed to tackle the housing crisis.

He said that the bill will be heard during Sinn Féin's Private Members' Time this evening.

It is being tabled this week to coincide with a "major mobilisation" from the Raise the Roof campaign in the support of housing action this Saturday in Dublin.