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national / housing / press release Friday November 13, 2015 23:28 by AAA
AAA responds to government claims of ‘grossly out of date’ figures: “Has the government built thousands of new council homes in the last 3 weeks?”

Government should clarify latest up to date figures since October 22nd

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has responded to government claims that figures which show that only 20 council houses have been built this year and zero in the second quarter of the year are ‘grossly out of date’ despite being published by the Department of the Environment on October 22nd. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Wednesday November 04, 2015 23:27 by pbp
The lobbying activity of major corporations like Kennedy Wilson on rent controls should not be tolerated, according to Annette Mooney, the People Before Profit representative in Dublin Bay South.

‘There is a large rental sector in this constituency and we have already come across countless cases where people are being effectively evicted because they cannot pay exorbitant demands for rent rises.

‘Rent controls are clearly needed but we now discover that the global real estate company Kennedy Wilson is using economic leverage to influence Irish state policy.

Kennedy Wilson is a huge US company that has become one of the biggest property owners in Ireland since the crash. 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
The kids hand delivered it to the squatters and everything!
dublin / housing / press release Tuesday March 31, 2015 13:31 by Grangegorman   image 1 image
In the past week an unprecedented amount of community support has been shown to the squatters of a NAMA property in Grangegorman, Dublin 7. The 6th year class from the Educate Together primary school which shares a wall with the squatters spent their yard break creating a 'Save Our Squatters' petition which the entire class signed. 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.

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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
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