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Squats in Barcelona under threat
international / housing / news report Monday November 20, 2006 14:47 by dunk   text 44 comments (last - monday july 09, 2007 13:42)   image 52 images
3 Barcelona squats under attack in 3 seperate early morning raids by police, riot squad and security guards.
Pouble Nou barrio: Makabra eviction began at 8.20am lasted 3 hours for processing, people with no papers taken away. no resistance, no violence, street party shaping up outside squat which is still held by armed cops with helicopter support

191 Pillars: squatters attacked by security guards, women beaten with metal bars and knives, much trouble, things calmed now, lawyer tried to stay there, squatter won, court case upcoming. 3rd squat somewhere in Raval area in city centre, no more news as yet read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Sunday November 19, 2006 04:10 by Hank   text 140 comments (last - monday june 23, 2014 15:00)
Refusing rent allowance is discrimination. Media carrying the statement "rent allowance not accepted" are enabling discrimination.
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Market Roller Coaster of the Mind
national / housing / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 14, 2006 13:22 by The Unwelcome Guest   text 31 comments (last - sunday august 28, 2011 03:32)   image 1 image
Low Yields turn off Irish Property Investors

November 13, 2006

A new survey shows that the majority of investors in the buy-to-let market do not plan to purchase another property in the next year. The survey was commissioned by EBS and Gunne Residential. read full story / add a comment
it all comes together. European are entitled to Housing. It is a right. Start with people - collectives - resist! then houses & playgrounds follow.
international / housing / news report Thursday October 12, 2006 18:57 by iosaf .:. ipsiphi   text 13 comments (last - monday october 16, 2006 10:47)   image 6 images
20 Ministers of Housing were supposed to hold a two day summit this forthcoming Monday & Tuesday. Ireland which has no such ministry might have gone along to observe. The location of the summit was to be Barcelona, which has only once before cancelled an international summit for "local security reasons" . The last cancellation was the World Bank meeting of 2001.

The right to housing campaign which has developed in Barcelona over the last years saw 15,000 ordinary people demonstrate peacefully on September 30th & then a "riot" occur last week over a redevelopment case. Central & city government sources as well those from the Housing movement offer conflicting accounts & reasons for the cancellation. read full story / add a comment
Sinn Féin Dun Laoghaire Housingt Protest
dublin / housing / press release Tuesday October 10, 2006 00:03 by Eoin O'Broin   image 1 image
To highlight Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council’s shameful record for providing social housing Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin picketed this evening’s council meeting. The protest was the first in a series of asctions aimed at highlighting the failure of the council to tackle the areas growing housing crisis. read full story / add a comment
Fitzwilliam Square Reclaimed On Mayday'04
national / housing / feature Wednesday September 06, 2006 14:25 by Indymedia Editorial Collective   text 3 comments (last - friday june 12, 2009 14:52)   image 2 images
Articles on the use of public space and state managed property read full story / add a comment
leitrim / housing / news report Tuesday September 05, 2006 21:11 by Ray   text 15 comments (last - monday may 14, 2007 19:05)
A LOCAL authority has come under fire after revelations it sold a prime development site in a thriving town centre for just €100. Leitrim County Council last week defended its decision to sell the town centre car park, which is estimated at being worth tens of thousands of euros. The land on Church Lane just off the Main Street in Manorhamilton was sold to the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum Ltd, a voluntary group comprising of local businessmen. They have since sold it on to developers for an undisclosed "slight" profit who are in the process of building a major residential and commercial development on the site. The development was unsuccessfully appealed by a number of local residents to An Bord Pleanala in April and involved a petitions signed by Hundreds of local people. It has further emerged this week that the County Council have agreed to purchase back some of the development for €900,000. read full story / add a comment
international / housing / opinion/analysis Sunday September 03, 2006 19:30 by Michael Scølardt
The acquisition of Ungdomshuset was part of a large and radical squatting movement that challenged property rights and developed a vibrant culture based around these squatted houses. read full story / add a comment
Youth House
international / housing / news report Monday August 28, 2006 14:32 by w.   text 9 comments (last - friday november 10, 2006 22:06)   image 3 images
Copenhagen’s autonomous anti-capitalist social centre, Ungdomshuset (meaning "Youth House"), is to be evicted a Danish Jury decided today.
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national / housing / press release Sunday August 13, 2006 22:05 by Young Fine Gael   text 1 comment (last - monday august 14, 2006 23:13)
Young Fine Gael (YFG) President, Elizabeth Munnelly, has today (August 10th) called for the rejection of the social partnership agreement, “Towards 2016”, characterising it as a bad deal for the young people of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Thursday July 27, 2006 13:03 by Roughan Mac Namara
FOCUS Ireland launches research which highlights Low Social & Affordable Housing under Part V

· Part V can still play a key role in delivering housing if report’s recommendations are acted upon
· Focus Ireland argues that cash payments in lieu of social & affordable housing should be avoided and only used as a “last resort”

Focus Ireland today launched “Building For Inclusion” - a research report that examines the effectiveness of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000-2004. First introduced in 2000, Part V of the Planning and Development Acts is widely known for the provision allowing local authorities to insist that up to 20 per cent of land in most housing developments be reserved for social and affordable housing.

Since its introduction the legislation has been never far from the headlines - when first introduced it was heavily resisted by the construction industry, referred to the Supreme Court to test its constitutionality and amended by the Government in 2002.

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dublin / housing / news report Sunday July 02, 2006 15:30 by richard whelan   text 5 comments (last - monday july 03, 2006 16:49)   image 16 images
Residents say goodbye to life as they knew it in Fatima Mansions read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / press release Tuesday June 27, 2006 22:01 by Paul
Management fees – a licence to print money read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Thursday June 22, 2006 14:40 by Socialist   text 9 comments (last - wednesday june 24, 2009 12:09)
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern described Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins as a " failed person" and told him to "he will soon go away" during heated exchanges on the cost of housing. read full story / add a comment
Maryland's Residents Hold Blockdade At Marrowbone Lane Entrance
dublin / housing / news report Wednesday June 21, 2006 21:03 by James R   text 5 comments (last - wednesday october 04, 2006 02:19)   image 14 images
Residents in the vicinity of the construction being undertaken on the site of the recently demolished Fatima Mansions today protested at the entrance of their estate over the inadequacy of a long time promised traffic management system which had been promised to them prior to construction work beginning. Two simultaneous blockades were mounted at either end of Lorreta Road, residents joined and left with a fluctuating prescence of anywhere between ten and fifteen maintaining the line on either side of the estate. Marylands is an estate located close to the canal, just off Marrowbone Lane beside Cork Street. Traffic on any given day on Marrowbone Lane is hectic, with cars using it as a route to cut through the Liberties to reach Cork St, leaving a very narrow artery dangerously clogged with passage for cyclists generally untenable at peak hours without using the paths. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 21, 2006 13:20 by Mark G   text 2 comments (last - thursday june 22, 2006 11:10)
The Homeless agency last month claimed that homeless figures had dropped by a fifth in Dublin last year. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Friday May 12, 2006 17:18 by Union of Students in Ireland
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has demanded the Government investigate fresh claims – this time from a member of Labour’s shadow Cabinet – that, in some cases, designated ‘Section 50’ student accommodation is being rented to the general public by rogue landlords. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday April 20, 2006 20:15 by John Williams   text 7 comments (last - sunday april 23, 2006 16:42)
Asks if there is transparencey in the way Voluntary Housing Projects are run read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Tuesday February 28, 2006 19:20 by Cian   text 4 comments (last - wednesday may 30, 2007 17:58)
Developers masquerading as Management Companies drag Tyrrelstown householders to Court this Friday, March 3rd. This will be a potent political issue in the run up to the next General Election if the political parties do not deal with it forthwith. - Joe Higgins, TD read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / news report Thursday February 09, 2006 05:53 by Saoririseoir   text 2 comments (last - saturday february 11, 2006 00:00)   audio 1 audio file
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In the above link will be heard excerpts from the "debate" on how best to sell Council flats to council tenants.

excerpts recorded at two random intervals.

About half way through, the outside demo against the bin tax begins to make itself heard.

Content of speeches is revealing. Only John Gallagher (Lab) questions the scheme outright. read full story / add a comment
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