Wednesday 12 December 2018

Housing protesters occupy city property

Protesters take over a house in Summerhill to protest against the lack of rental accommodation, overcrowded accommodation and homelessness in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Protesters take over a house in Summerhill to protest against the lack of rental accommodation, overcrowded accommodation and homelessness in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A house where scores of tenants were found to be living in incredibly cramped conditions has been occupied by housing groups.

Some 150 demonstrators marched from Dublin's city centre to Summerhill Palace last night, where they occupied the property.

Participants of the protest, including the Dublin Central Housing Action group, said they wanted to raise awareness of the housing situation in Ireland.

The protest began at 6.30pm.

Around 10 people broke into a property sometime before the main group of demonstrators had arrived.

A number of people - wearing masks with the likeness of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar - inside the house greeted the crowds by hanging a banner out the top window with the words "Homes for all".

The demonstrators have said they may occupy a number of other vacant buildings beside the house.

In May, it emerged that up to 40 tenants were living in two properties in the row and had been told to leave immediately.

At the time, a young man, who claimed to be acting on behalf of the owner, told the tenants there was a "fire safety issue" and they needed to leave.

The Brazilian students were offered €250 to get out and given two hours to pack up their belongings.

Michelle Connolly, of Dublin Central Housing Action, said: "There are about 10 people inside at the moment, from various housing groups such as ours."

Aaron Downey of Blanchardstown Housing Action Committee said illegal occupations were the only way for "change to happen".

Irish Independent

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