Monday 21 January 2019

Housing activists occupy vacant building following Dublin city centre protest

Ouside the vacant property Credit: Ian Begley
Ouside the vacant property Credit: Ian Begley

Ian Begley& Conor McCrave

A collection of Dublin based housing groups have occupied a building in the city centre this evening.

Following a protest on O'Connell St, more than 100 demonstrators marched to Summer Hill where they are currently occupying a vacant house.

It is understood around 7 housing groups including Dublin Renters Union and Dublin Central Housing Action organised the occupation.

"We planned to take over some building but it wasn’t known exactly which and now we’re in so we’re going to see what the reaction is from the landlord," said a spokesperson for the Dublin Central Housing Action group.

Protester in vacant building Credit: Ian Begley
Protester in vacant building Credit: Ian Begley

She said the occupation is a protest against the eviction of up to 120 tenants evicted from a row of houses in the same street earlier this year.

Read more: 'I’m searching on Facebook to find somewhere to sleep' - Second mass eviction by 'mystery' landlords in one week

The protest began at 6.30pm this evening before a march to the vacant building which was occupied around 7.30pm.

It is understood that this occupation was planned in advance and was the overall purpose of the demonstration.

About 10 people are currently inside the building while more than 50 remain outside, repeating chants such as "Eoghan Murphy, out out out". 

The demonstrators have stated their intention of possibly occupying a number of vacant buildings nearby.

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