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Friday 19 January 2018

Protest over housing scheme halts work to erect first modular homes

Deirdre Taylor protesting outside the Poppintree site on behalf of co-op members who have invested large sums of money for planning permission for 40 houses on the site
Deirdre Taylor protesting outside the Poppintree site on behalf of co-op members who have invested large sums of money for planning permission for 40 houses on the site
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Protesters have blocked work on the first modular home site where homeless families are due to be housed.

Roughly a dozen people gathered at the entrance to the site in Poppintree in Ballymun, Dublin, yesterday to stop construction workers accessing the site.

The protesting group were frustrated as they had each invested €5,000 in a co-operative housing scheme that was due to be built on the site over a decade ago.

Now, O'Cualann Co-Housing Alliance is driving forward with plans for a co-op development on the site.

Since plans to build the modular homes on the site emerged, the alliance has been negotiating with Dublin City Council (DCC) in a bid to ensure these plans progress.

On Monday, work on a formal agreement with the council is due to begin which will allow the alliance to apply for permission to build 50 units on another part of the land.

Hugh Brennan from the O'Cualann alliance they had ensured a method of securing refunds for those who invested in the scheme originally.

In response, protester Deirdre Taylor said: "The people feel let down by what has happened, deposits of €5,000 have been put down but now there's no guarantee that the money will be returned.

"We're not against modular housing, we're not against homeless people being housed, the opposite actually, but people are being left short with no information."

Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ní Dhalaigh called on those involved to halt the protest.

Irish Independent

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