Monday 16 October 2017

Stars lend support to homeless takeover of Nama building

Rosie Leonard talks to media outside Apollo House on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street. Photo: Conor Ó Méaráin
Rosie Leonard talks to media outside Apollo House on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street. Photo: Conor Ó Méaráin
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Singer Glen Hansard and actress Saoirse Ronan are among the stars backing a group of activists who took over a Nama-controlled building to house homeless people.

Film director Jim Sheridan, and Christy Moore have also supported to occupation of Apollo House on Poolbeg Street in Dublin.

Yesterday afternoon, there were five homeless people living in the property in a campaign backed by the Irish Housing Network and the Home Sweet Home coalition.

People behind the move expect to be able to cater for up to 30 people in the building.

Home Sweet Home is made up of activists and artists while business owner Michael Flynn, better known as Mattress Mick, has supplied beds for the residents.

Rosie Leonard, of the Irish Housing Network, said: "Things have been going really well and the support has been amazing."

Jim Sheridan and Brendan Ogle at the protest at Apollo House on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Jim Sheridan and Brendan Ogle at the protest at Apollo House on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street. Photo: Gareth Chaney

The building now has running water and electricity.

Ms Leonard said: "Each room has its own bed. There's shared facilities on each floor".

Mr Hansard said: "We are involved in an act of civil disobedience". Speaking on 'The Late Late Show', he said: "What we are trying to do is get a national conversation started. It is really difficult."

Nama spokesman Ray Gordon said the agency did not own Apollo House. However, it did appoint a receiver to the property in 2014.

Irish Independent

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