Wednesday 28 September 2016

Activists leave their 'hostel for homeless'

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

The housing activists allegedly broke into two properties in order to set up a hostel for the homeless
The housing activists allegedly broke into two properties in order to set up a hostel for the homeless

Housing activists who set up a hostel for the homeless after allegedly breaking into and occupying two adjoining properties owned by Dublin City Council have now left the premises.

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Last month, the council brought proceedings aimed at removing what it alleged were a number of trespassers from two terraced three-storey buildings at 38 and 39 Bolton Street.

The council claimed the buildings were broken into and occupied by people calling themselves the Irish Housing Network (IHN).

It also alleged they named it the Bolt Hostel, where renovation works were alleged to have been carried out, and it was offered as accommodation for homeless people.

DCC said the activists had no legal entitlement to be in occupation of the building.

Last month, DCC sought orders in the High Court against two members of the network - Seamus Farrell and Aisling Hedderman - requiring them and any others allegedly trespassing there to vacate the premises.

Accommodation

Mr Farrell and Ms Hedderman said they are part of a group of volunteers who carried out works on the premises to provide accommodation for people who had nowhere to go.

Yesterday at the High Court when the matter was mentioned before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, the court was told the case could be struck out. It was confirmed the respondents had left the buildings and DCC had re-taken possession of the Bolton Street properties.

Irish Independent

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