Wednesday 13 December 2017

Homelessness campaigners stage stand-in protest in Cork in solidarity with Home Sweet Home

The Apollo House building Photo: Conor Ó Mearain
The Apollo House building Photo: Conor Ó Mearain
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Homelessness campaigners have staged a stand-in protest in Cork in solidarity with the Home Sweet Home demonstration in Dublin.

The protest was mounted in Cork to show national solidarity with those who have occupied Apollo House in Dublin over recent weeks to demand better facilities for the homeless.

Protesters initially demonstrated on the plaza area outside the Cork City Hall offices off Angelsea Street.

Several dozen protested with placards and flags.

However, some demonstrators later occupied the public area of City Hall to draw attention to the spiralling number of people losing their homes, being evicted and sleeping rough across Ireland.

One protest banner read: "Highest number of homeless since the famine."

Amongst those who supported the demonstration was Councillor Mick Nugent.

One protester said they simply wanted the underline the fact that support for the Home Sweet Home campaign and their Apollo House stance is nationwide.

"We wanted to make clear that this isn't just a Dublin problem - homelessness is a national crisis in Ireland today," she said.

The Cork protest was staged as the High Court is to be asked by Home Sweet Home campaigners to extend time for ending the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin.

The campaigners have claimed additional time is required following the failure to offer adequate alternative accommodation for some of the homeless now living in Apollo House.

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