Group occupies Nama-controlled property to raise awareness of homelessness
More than 20 people have occupied a Nama-controlled property to raise awareness of the housing crisis.
The group - including socialist TD Ruth Coppinger, Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors Matt Waine, Sandra Kavanagh and Tania Doyle, and homeless families from across Blanchardstown - moved in to the site in the Diswellstown Manor estate in west Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning - vowing to remain there last night.
Gardaí arrived on the scene yesterday afternoon and warned the group they were trespassing on private property.
Ms Coppinger said the decision to occupy the house arose at a public meeting last week.
"There are 120 new houses being built, which is the number of people living in emergency accommodation in west Dublin," she said.
Pregnant occupier Melissa Rothwell (29) has been living in a single hotel room with her partner and two young children for the last eight months, which she described as a "nightmare". "We're a normal working family. People who are working can still be made homeless which shows it can really happen to anyone," she said. "We've been told that we may not even have another place before I give birth in February."