Monday 17 December 2018

Support swells for occupation as housing protest continues

The property on Summerhill Parade in Dublin that city housing groups have occupied.
Photo: Frank McGrath
The property on Summerhill Parade in Dublin that city housing groups have occupied. Photo: Frank McGrath

Conor Fehan

A number of Dublin-based housing groups who have occupied a building in Dublin city centre have said they are overwhelmed by the generosity and support they received on their first night in the property.

Following a protest on O'Connell Street yesterday, more than 100 demonstrators marched to Summerhill in the north inner city where they took over a vacant house on Summerhill Parade.

It is understood seven housing groups - including Dublin Renters Union and Dublin Central Housing Action - organised the occupation. "The first night went well and we had a rota of sleeping and keeping watch," a spokeswoman for Dublin Central Housing Action told the Irish Independent.

"We are really pleased with the generosity and support of everybody. The people doing soup runs came down to us with food and locals have been giving us essentials like food and toilet rolls. There is a great vibe and great energy," she added.

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

Irish Independent

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