Friday 30 September 2016

Council seeking the removal of alleged trespassers from two buildings on Dublin's Bolton Street

Published 28/07/2015 | 18:12

A view of the Dublin City Council Civic Offices
A view of the Dublin City Council Civic Offices

DUBLIN City Council (DCC) is seeking the removal of alleged trespassers from two buildings it owns in Bolton Street, the High Court heard.

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DCC claims two terraced three-storey buildings at 38 and 39 Bolton Street were broken into some weeks ago and occupied by person calling themselves the Irish Housing Network (IHN).

It alleges they have purported to name it the Bolt Hostel.

The hostel, where renovation works are claimed to have been carried out, has been offered as accommodation for homeless people.

At the High Court on Tuesday (July 28) DCC  sought injunctions against two members of IHN,  Seamus Farrell and Aisling Hedderman, who it says are trespassers.

The court heard that while  DCC is "not unsympathetic" and shares IHN's objectives in relation to homelessness, it "could not condone the defendant's methods".

The buildings were previously used for accommodation for the homeless, but were shut down and protected with steel shutters in 2012 as they were no longer deemed fit for purpose.

DCC has engaged with an approved housing body,Novas Initiative, to renovate the buildings and to again use them as accommodation for the homeless.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted orders preventing Mr Farrell, Ms Hedderman and any other person who has knowledge of the orders, from carrying out any further works on the buildings.

The matter, along with DCC's application for an order requiring the premises to be vacated, was adjourned to next month to allow the defendants obtain legal advice.

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