Sunday 15 September 2019

Papers served on Apollo House

Noel Scurry of Home Sweet Home examines the High Court notice to vacate Apollo House which was posted on the gates of the building. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Noel Scurry of Home Sweet Home examines the High Court notice to vacate Apollo House which was posted on the gates of the building. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The High Court notice to vacate the building on the gates of Apollo House. Picture: Gerry Mooney
People at the gates of Apollo House
Hozier 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
Kodaline 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

Allison Bray and Laura Larkin

Papers have been posted on the gates of the make-shift homeless hostel at Apollo House ahead of a hearing tomorrow in which the receivers will apply for it to be vacated.

Two men approached the building at around 18.40 this evening and tied a document to the gates of the building.

The papers were posted without much interaction with the occupiers or volunteers present at the former office block.

The receivers for Apollo House earlier lodged proceedings with the High Court to regain possession of the building.

Glen Hansard, Hozier and members of Kodaline performed at the building to hundreds who turned out in support of the take-over which has been organised by campaign group Home Sweet Home.

Hundreds of people have volunteered their services to aid the homeless people currently occupying Apollo House.

About three hundred people attended a "call to action" meeting this evening organised by the Irish Housing Network.

The meeting was convened in order to get volunteers to assist the 30 homeless people who are currently occupying the NAMA-owned building on Tara Street where they have been staying for the past five nights as part of the growing 'Home Sweet Home' campaign.

Volunteers have signed up to assist in various aspects of what organiser Seamus Farrell called "direct action" to give the homeless a roof over their heads.

Volunteers offered their services in security, legal, administration, medical, IT, outreach and communications and other areas as homeless campaigners face a High Court injunction tomorrow over occupation of the building.

Receivers of the property are looking to have so-called "persons unknown" evicted from the premises for what they claim are fire insurance and health and safety reasons.

But campaigners this evening said they remain undeterred and will continue their "act of civil disobedience" to help address the growing homeless crisis in the capital.

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