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national / housing / news report Thursday September 25, 2014 22:28 by An Spréach   text 2 comments (last - friday september 26, 2014 18:11)   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 2 comments (last - monday august 19, 2013 04:48)
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
national / housing / press release Thursday December 13, 2012 13:58 by Anti Eviction Taskforce   text 2 comments (last - saturday december 15, 2012 23:25)
The Anti Eviction Taskforce strongly condemns the intentions of the Irish Government in seeking to change the 2011 Judgment on the Land and Conveyance Law Reform Act 2009. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 11, 2012 14:37 by lefty   text 7 comments (last - thursday july 12, 2012 14:42)   image 1 image
Cutting rent supplement has allowed the FG/Labour government to continue to make large cuts to the social welfare budget whilst claiming not to be touching "basic social welfare rates". The reality is that because it is left to tenants to negotiate with their landlords for a rent reduction, rather than such negotiations being undertaken by the department itself, this is rather like David negotiating with goliath and the tenant inevitably has to pay the not inconsiderable difference out of their already reduced social welfare payment. read full story / add a comment
international / housing / press release Thursday June 28, 2012 17:35 by Anti Eviction Task Force   text 1 comment (last - friday june 29, 2012 16:27)
Labour agree with Fine Gael that it is better to pay the mega wealthy than to keep the promises made to the slave class... oooops working class read full story / add a comment
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international / housing / news report Sunday June 10, 2012 21:48 by italy calling   image 1 image
Squatting is on the rise again in these times of austerity (see for example the recent occupations of flats in Southern Spain, mostly carried out by housewives and families). An Italian project that’s caught my attention since its beginning is in Pisa, where last year’s Occupy protests evolved into the reappropriation and transformation of abandoned buildings for the benefit of the local community. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Sunday May 13, 2012 18:54 by RNU PRO   text 9 comments (last - saturday may 26, 2012 08:22)   image 1 image
Republican Network for Unity (RNU) notes with increasing concern, the growing practice of what can only be described as extortionism, being carried out by private landlords within working class nationalist areas and beyond.

When observing average rents, it is clear that private landlords here are exploiting historical housing shortages in order to demand amounts well above what is provided by housing benefit. read full story / add a comment
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international / housing / news report Wednesday April 04, 2012 12:46 by Italy Calling   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 04, 2012 15:48)   image 1 image
In September 2009, hundreds of Carabinieri stormed a school in the Magliana area of Rome and arrested dozens of people who were occupying it. The charges made against them were super harsh: organised crime, extortion, possession of weapons, theft, assaulting police officers, and more. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Wednesday March 28, 2012 20:01 by anon   text 4 comments (last - thursday march 29, 2012 14:54)   image 1 image
Today the NAMA To Nature group struck again. This time in Cherrywood industrial estate, Dublin near the Luas line. In an act of civil disobedience a group of 12 people in business suits started planted trees this morning at 7am on an area of wasteland beside the Luas track along the edges and ridges to help shield the eyesore from the nearby apartment block part of which is a ghost estate.

Ireland has over 600 ghost estates and 40,000 empty dwellings. Rather than watch the government dither and procrastinate let's help nature take them back. read full story / add a comment
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