Thursday 22 August 2019

Occupation of Nama properties dangerous - Ogle

Brendan Ogle Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Brendan Ogle Picture: Colin O'Riordan

Greg Harkin

A trade union leader has warned of the 'danger' of further occupations of Nama properties, saying more incidents in Dublin could divide those behind the Apollo House incident.

Brendan Ogle spoke out after a group called 'Premier Love Project' entered a property in Finglas, Dublin, for three hours before leaving peacefully after gardaí arrived.

The incident was not associated with the 'Home Sweet Home' group currently occupying Apollo House.

The apartment complex was built on the site of the former 'Premier Dairies' site on Mount Prospect Hill in Finglas.

The complex has been vacant for some time and an agreement has been reached between Nama and Dublin City Council. Work will begin shortly, with the apartments being offered as social housing.

The union boss said while the Apollo House project could help to end homelessness, he stressed that "one lightning rod can be enough".

"Apollo House is that, as far as I am concerned. Anything else is laced with danger and division, in my view," he said.

However, he later said his comments were aimed at highlighting the fact the Finglas incident wasn't related to the Home Sweet Home project at Apollo House. "It's not for me to tell anyone what to do. We are not in the finger-wagging business."

He praised those involved in Apollo House for highlighting the homelessness scandal.

Figures released by the Department of Housing yesterday show there were 1,205 families living in emergency accommodation nationally in November - an increase of 27 compared to the previous month. Tommy Gavin of the Irish Housing Network said the increase was a "tragic reality".

Irish Independent

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