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national / housing / other press Monday July 20, 2015 - 21:27 by postman   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 23, 2015 - 23:28)
The controversy over NAMA's sale of the Nothern Ireland loan portfolio, Project Eagle, has not gone away. It suited the Government just fine when the PAC said they would bring NAMA before the committee. - It also suited NAMA, whose polished performance was always going to give them some breathing space, given that the PAC, - no disrespect to any of it's members - just doesn't have the wherewithal to hold them to account. Here is a part of my piece on the workings of NAMA from last Tuesday, when we were debating a Housing Bill . - ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday May 21, 2015 - 23:36 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - friday june 05, 2015 - 22:59)   image 1 image
Guess where a property speculator can get their best return on investment in the whole world? Dublin. It is unbelievable but true. After chaos wracked on Irish society by the Celtic Tiger property boom, the speculators are back.

A global survey by the research company, MSCI, has found that highest profits can be made in Dublin from buying and selling property.

Capitalists generally expect to get a 10 percent rate of return on their investment in industry. If they want more, they shift to riskier areas such as property speculation.

If they chose their city right, they can get a 19 percent rate of return. But last year, Dublin provided the jackpot with a 44 percent rate of return. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / feature Monday March 23, 2015 - 22:56 by Grangegorman squat   text 5 comments (last - tuesday march 24, 2015 - 22:54)   image 4 images   video 2 video files
A massive eviction is underway in Dublin. It is at the complex of occupied houses and former factory spaces in Grangegorman. Reports indicate that at 7am in the morning a very large number of private security angle grinder their way through one of the metal gates, invaded the area en massed and are erecting barriers (pictured) inside and trying to evict the occupants. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Monday March 23, 2015 - 20:57 by Grangegorman   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 31, 2015 - 15:24)   image 1 image
This Morning at 6.30am we were woken from our beds.Private security working for NAMA were breaking into our homes. We live in a flourishing squatted community in Grangegorman.This space which was once disused warehouses filled with rubble, asbestos and broken glass has been turned into an inspiring and beautiful place to be.The place is coved with artwork, and the community garden has begun to blossom.We have a circus space, poetry nights, folk gigs, Art Exhibitions, Fairs and a community Kitchen.

... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday February 19, 2015 - 14:40 by An Spréach   image 2 images
“No one deserves to live like this”
A poster I came across on a billboard recently, juxtaposed by the wasteland where one of our block of flats used to sit, where working class families used to live happily, side by side, before they were all socially cleansed from the area, and for what? Already a year has passed since they were pulled down to the ground, and all we have to show for it now is a lousy carpark—desperate!

Currently, there are over 80 unused empty units in Tom Kelly Flats, some of which have been empty for over five years or more, 3 and 4 bedroom flats too. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 - 21:57 by An Spréach   text 1 comment (last - monday february 23, 2015 - 11:45)   image 1 image
Eight housing activists were today acquitted by the Dublin Criminal Court of Justice, relating to a case spanning back seven months ago, when the charge against them of trespass was thrown out of court.

All eight accused had initially set about into investigating whether or not it was feasible to open up, and re-do, one of the 80 unused flats on Charlemont Street, that had been lying empty for over two years or more. ... read full story / add a comment
derry / housing / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 - 21:16 by Radical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

Derry, Sunday 2nd November, Sandinos, 3 - 6pm. ... read full story / add a comment
galway / housing / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 - 21:14 by Radical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

16:30-17:30, Saturday 1st Nov, Galway Bay Hotel, Galway. -The latter time is to accomodate Water Charges protest. ... read full story / add a comment
cork / housing / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 - 21:12 by Radical Routes
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Monday October 13, 2014 - 11:03 by Radical Routes   text 1 comment (last - monday october 13, 2014 - 16:33)   image 1 image
Radical Routes begin an all-island speaking tour at the end of this month to people to set up their own co-ops. They are presenting this as a way out of both the precarious rental market and the trap of long-term mortgage debt.

The tour will draw on their experience where the Radical Routes network has over 35 member co-ops. They say that "While the legal and financial structures relevant to setting up a co-op are different in the UK and Ireland, the experience learned from establishing these projects in the UK is valuable to anyone in Ireland considering setting up a co-operative and taking control of their own housing situation."

15.00-18.00, Sunday 26th October, The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square W, Dublin 1 ... read full story / add a comment
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international / housing / news report Wednesday October 08, 2014 - 19:01 by An Spréach   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 18, 2014 - 21:27)   image 1 image
Well done to everybody who turned out in Cabra today and prevented the sheriff from evicting a family from their home. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / news report Thursday October 02, 2014 - 16:26 by An Spréach   image 3 images
Today members of An Spréach and D8HAC were again before the courts in relation to an incident in Tom Kelly Flats, Charlemont Street, where 8 activists were arrested for assessing whether it was feasible or not to make habitable, one the many unused and vacant flats, within the complex. ... read full story / add a comment
Supporters gather outside to oppose eviction
dublin / housing / news report Monday May 26, 2014 - 15:51 by Andrew   image 1 image
Wednesday 21st saw another successful defence against an eviction in Dublin. This time in the Stoneybatter area. We put out an alert after we were told that a gang of 3 men with crowbars "came this afternoon and broke in to one of the houses. About 40-50 people showed up outside to show support, then 5 Garda showed up. People inside resisted and argued until the alleged owners and Garda left the house and left the street to a large round of applause. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / event notice Sunday May 11, 2014 - 21:48 by pbp
Protest for social housing.

Cllr Brid Smith putting down motion in Dublin City Council.

Call 0879090166 for more info.
... read full story / add a comment
Dun Laoghaire Town Hall - Location of DLR County Council offices (image: Wikimedia Commons)
dublin / housing / event notice Sunday April 27, 2014 - 19:34 by 1 of Indymedia   text 1 comment (last - monday april 28, 2014 - 22:12)   image 2 images
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) is facing a housing crisis. As international financial vulture funds descend on Dublin and are forcing up the property prices again as they seek to get a return on their billions because bank interest rates are so low, this has resulted in rents rising where they are now highest in the country. The result has been that now thousands of families are unable to afford the rents as they are being forced up by landlords. In DLR there are over 4,000 families on the housing waiting list. The national figure is 90,000.

An emergency protest for housing is taking place outside outside the Town Hall while the council have a housing meeting. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / other press Friday November 01, 2013 - 22:06 by T   text 3 comments (last - friday march 21, 2014 - 16:14)   image 1 image
There is a new squat in Dublin up in Grangegorman where all the DITs will be moving in the next few years. It has been setup by a group of political squatters. They now face eviction from the row of empty, unused, rotting houses in Lower Grangegorman and they are asking people to come and help resist.

- 300,000 empty houses in Ireland, 5,000 people homeless --

The WSM caught up with them for an interview last week to find out more.... ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / news report Thursday October 31, 2013 - 11:37 by Nico   text 4 comments (last - friday november 01, 2013 - 19:20)   image 5 images
A fire broke out this morning at around 2am in Tom Kelly Flats, Charlemont Street, leaving many people trapped inside their homes.

Residents in the 3rd – Block were woken to the yells of “Fire!” by a concerned neighbour in the adjacent block, as the blaze quickly engulfed the main hall and stairway. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Friday May 17, 2013 - 19:07 by Joe Mc   text 4 comments (last - thursday july 04, 2013 - 14:35)
From Justice Minister Alan Shatter's statement on mortgage default and repossessions ,Dec 2012

"All mortgages contain remedies that may be exercised by lending institutions in cases of mortgage default. Repossession in the event of such default is, therefore, an existing contractual right.
In a well-known 2011 case (Start Mortgages), the High Court found that enactment of reforming legislation in 2009 may have had the unintended consequence in certain cases of restricting lending institutions from asserting their repossession rights. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / feature Wednesday April 10, 2013 - 01:08 by andraiocht   text 2 comments (last - tuesday july 09, 2013 - 18:43)   image 3 images
The central bank is planning changes to the Code of Protection on mortgage arrears, these changes will mean it will be easier for people to be counted as non co-operating and thus make repossession easier, please send the submission below to code@centralbank.ie or make your own submission and send before April 10th to ensure your opposition to this is taken into consideration, with 95,000 people in arrears because of this banking led recession, the people who are bailing out the banks need fairness, there is nothing fair in all powers of discretion, supervision and appeals being with the banks who will not consider the good of the person or common good of the country. ... read full story / add a comment
 Racist Fianna Fail Councillor Sean McEniff
dublin / housing / event notice Friday February 15, 2013 - 13:25 by Dublin anti-fascist/anti-racist   text 3 comments (last - monday february 18, 2013 - 10:56)   image 1 image
Following the racist comments of Donegal Fianna Fail Councillor Sean
McEniff, Anti-Fascist Action Ireland and others have called for a picket on
an hotel he owns in Dublin city centre. ... read full story / add a comment

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