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A cultural revolutionary - The inside story on Eoin Ó Broin and how Sinn Féin won the class war on housing

Fionnan Sheahan


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Magic: Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin tries on a Harry Potter scarf, much to the amusement of his partner Lynn Boylan, in the Dublin Mid West count centre. Photo: Frank McGrath

Magic: Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin tries on a Harry Potter scarf, much to the amusement of his partner Lynn Boylan, in the Dublin Mid West count centre. Photo: Frank McGrath

Magic: Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin tries on a Harry Potter scarf, much to the amusement of his partner Lynn Boylan, in the Dublin Mid West count centre. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ashbourne: September 16

It’s a rotten night, the rain is bucketing down and the roads out of Dublin are blocked up.

Inside the function room of the Ashbourne House Hotel in the commuter town, there’s a small enough gathering of just 44 people scattered across the 100-odd seats laid out to hear the Annual Thomas Ashe Commemorative Lecture on ‘Building sustainable communities in a housing crisis’.

Ashe was a Republican who led the Volunteers in the successful Battle of Ashbourne during the Easter Rising and died on hunger strike a year later.