Monday 16 September 2019

Kodaline, Hozier and Glen Hansard perform at Apollo House as receivers seek injunctions to get homeless to vacate building

The case came before the High Court today

Glen Hansard during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Glen Hansard during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Hozier during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kodaline & Glen Hansard during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
20/12/2016 Members of the public watch musicans perform during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Glen Hansard during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Glen Hansard during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public watch musicans perform during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public watch musicans perform during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Glen Hansard and Christy Dignam among those performing at Apollo House today. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Kodaline during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kodaline during various performances by artists at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Aodhan O Faolain

Receivers appointed over Apollo House in Dublin City centre have launched a High Court action aimed at regaining possession of the property.

In a widely publicised move last weekend the building located just off Tara Street in Dublin was taken over by activists and offered as accommodation to the homeless.

The house was opened on Friday by housing activists Home Sweet Home, along with a number of high-profile celebrities, who say they have around 30 people living in the former civic office building on Tara Street at the moment.

In a show of solidarity, hundreds of supporters turned up at a concert for the homeless at Apollo House this afternoon, with the likes of Kodaline and Hozier performing.

Speaking at the event Mr Hansard said:

“This was born out of a concern, out of a pain in the heart, an anger to be honest because we’re looking around and we’re seeing the numbers go up.

“We’re seeing the amount of charities rising, we’re seeing the number of homeless rising, I mean what’s going on?"

But insolvency practitioners Tom O'Brien and Simon Coyle , who were appointed joint receivers receivers over the building by NAMA have launched proceedings seeking to end the occupation which they say is a form of political protest.

The receivers say they are "sympathetic to the plight of the homeless" but the occupation of the 10 story former office building which has been organised by the Home Sweet Home group is illegal.

They also say that there are a number health and safety issues concerns with the building that make it unsuitable for use as a shelter.

Rossa Fanning SC for the receivers told the court that due to the occupation the building, which has been vacant since Mid-2015, no longer has fire insurance and that its public liability insurance will lapse on in mid January unless the receivers are able to regain possessing.

His clients have also been in contact with Dublin City Council who have informed them that there is suitable accommodation in the city centre for the number of rough sleepers in the city.

As a result of the occupation the receivers, who want to sell the property, are seeking injunctions requiring all those in occupation to vacate the premises.

At the High Court this afternoon Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted lawyers for the receivers permission to serve short notice of the injunction proceedings on solicitors purported representing the occupiers.

The Judge, note the health and safety concerns, made the matter returnable for tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people are gathered outside Apollo House this afternoon as musicians including Glen Hansard perform a concert for the homeless.

The Home Sweet Home campaign is being backed by musicians and artists including Glen Hansard, Hozier, Kodaline, and Christy Dignam who all performed today.

More to follow...

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