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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 12 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
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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
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national / housing / news report Tuesday February 17, 2015 21:55 by An Spréach   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.

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national / housing / press release Friday December 05, 2014 23:08 by Focus Ireland
Focus Ireland welcomes the Homeless Summit but stressed it must deliver an effective crisis response along with firm action on long-term solutions the charity has called for repeatedly in the past.

Focus Ireland delivered a submission to Minister Alan Kelly at the homeless forum today outlining 10 key actions required to end the growing homeless crisis in Ireland.

The leading charity welcomed the special summit as it brings more urgency to the growing problems caused by years of housing failure and cutbacks to vital services across youth, health, mental health and education services. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday December 04, 2014 15:47 by Con Carroll   text 1 comment (last - friday december 05, 2014 17:46)
it doesnt take to be a scientist, theologian. economic professor to see that Ireland political elite are sitting back with their champagne glasses swinging. dancing to their superior masters of Europe 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
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national / housing / news report Thursday September 25, 2014 22:28 by An Spréach   text 4 comments (last - wednesday october 08, 2014 02:09)   image 1 image
The idea that we can tackle Ireland’s increasing homeless crisis by packing people into tightly fitted shipping containers is unfathomable, ill-conceived and an insult to injury to the countless number of homeless people in need of decent, adequate housing. read full story / add a comment
longford / housing / press release Friday June 27, 2014 21:34 by Tom Carty   video 1 video file
After a May Day Bank Holiday fire, an IndiGoGo crowdfund is running for the eco restoration of Robin Gill cottage

Last May bank holiday, a fire at the cottage in Ballinamuck burned everything back to the walls. To get it back on track, an IndiGoGo campaign is being started.

The cottage was an eco restoration which was being sold as the previous owner ran out of funds read full story / add a comment
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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
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galway / housing / news report Saturday April 05, 2014 20:06 by SHAC - Social Housing Action Co-op   text 2 comments (last - wednesday april 23, 2014 17:52)   image 5 images
A Galway squat has recently been evicted. The property had been recently taken over by Bank of Scotland who are appointed KPMG as caretakers of the property. read full story / add a comment
international / housing / news report Monday November 11, 2013 20:03 by nn   text 1 comment (last - monday november 11, 2013 20:41)
Today during the March of Independence in Warsaw (Poland), nationalist militants broke off from the march and attacked the squat "Przychodnia" social centre. They were trying to "get" the centre. The police stood by and did not intervene for at least 20 minutes

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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 Monday July 29, 2013 14:49 by nmn   text 6 comments (last - monday august 26, 2013 16:41)
Ireland's vulnerable, out of work and poor have again been punished by the government in its latest round of harsh cuts to social welfare rent supplements. read full story / add a comment
international / housing / news report Monday July 22, 2013 15:11 by JoeMcIvor   text 3 comments (last - thursday january 22, 2015 12:19)
Last week Detroit was officially declared bankrupt . Long time downtown residents of the city last week vowed to resist evictions planned in order to sell off their homes to the super rich . The evictions are being touted as essential cost saving measures - part of an emergency plan involving "gentrification" of the Metropolitan area of the city.
Writing in the Herald yesterday, TV economics pundit Eddie Hobbs advised Irish people with at least a million to invest that the smart money was going on premium location properties in "distressed" cities like Detroit . He told the Herald : "We are currently investing heavily for clients in Metro Detroit. " 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
international / housing / news report Wednesday February 13, 2013 17:40 by littleink   video 1 video file
Blockades of forced eviction of family of five in Berlin successful.
Attempt 3 from the bailiffs, polices and legal system tomorrow. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Monday February 04, 2013 11:03 by Anti Eviction Taskforce   text 4 comments (last - friday march 01, 2013 17:23)
The Anti Eviction Taskforce (AET) have written to all Government Ministers across all political parties on behalf of all distressed mortgage holders in Ireland today, delivering a mandate to bring a motion before the Dáil to ban eviction in Ireland. This letter will arrive on the desks of all Ministers on February 4th 2013.

To explain the logic behind this mandate: The Government and Financial institutions continue to ignore the issue of distressed mortgages, which is resulting in much family distress, family break-up and, in some cases, suicide. While, as yet, eviction is not an everyday occurrence, it is only a matter of time before eviction becomes common place. This threat, along with the inaction by both the Government and Financial Institutions to devise credible resolution is disabling distressed mortgage holders and resulting in impasse. read full story / add a comment
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