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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Owner got an injunction and protesters have surrendered the building.
    can the landlord sue them for his lawyers fees and fixin the place after he got rid of them????

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: We're movin on up! Come on Down!
    34 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1.

    STATEMENT FROM 34 NORTH FREDERICK STREET OCCUPATION

    Housing and community activists have occupied number 34 North Frederick Street this afternoon

    This is following the 10-day occupation of 35 Summerhill Parade a short distance away, and the 6-hour occupation of the Custom House on 15th of August.

    Yesterday at the High Court, an injunction was granted against “all persons unknown” occupying 35 Summerhill Parade, sought by the owners, Pat O’Donnell & Co.

    In the last 10 days since we occupied Summerhill Parade, we have exposed the slum landlord Pat O’Donnell & Co. Previously, the company had denied any involvement with the row of 7 properties, despite having evicted 120 tenants from them in May of this year.

    We have exposed and highlighted the widespread abuses of power that are common in the rental market today. Pat O’Donnell & Co were facing no real consequences for their poor treatment of their tenants, however now everyone knows what they did.

    On top of this, the outpouring of support both locally and from further afield has given us hope for a strong, organised housing movement. The government is not about to change this squalid housing crisis - the people are. Summerhill was only the tip of the iceberg. We’re ready to keep going.

    With that in mind, we have decided to take 34 North Frederick Street, to continue to highlight the need for organised action against the crisis.

    This property has been vacant for at least 3 years. It is held by an insurance company, McGreal Insurances, after it was previously brought into Receivership in 2015.

    Enough is enough. Insurance companies should not be allowed sit on potential homes in the middle of the most acute housing crisis since the foundation of the state.

    To reiterate, our demands in full are:

    That the houses owned by Pat O’Donnell on Summerhill Parade, and 34 North Frederick Street, be compulsory purchased by Dublin City Council and given to the local community. We want to highlight that private, vacant properties can, and should be put into public ownership.

    All vacant land and properties should be put under public ownership.

    Fair rent and security for all tenants. Ban all evictions, reduce and cap rent at 20% of the occupant’s income or at €300 per room maximum.

    We call for people to take action and get involved in the housing movement, a wider demand of homes for all. Those interested in setting up similar occupations, please get in touch with the page.

    The housing crisis is not a natural disaster; we do not need to accept that this is simply the way it is. But things won’t get better on their own - action is needed, by people and for people.

    ENDS

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedogs View Post
    can the landlord sue them for his lawyers fees and fixin the place after he got rid of them????
    Who knows.

    It is great to finally see direct action taking place to address the homeless crisis.

    People have had enough of the greed of slumlords like the owners of that building and the many others like them.

    Landlords live a parasitic existence on the hard work, sweat and tears of ordinary folk. They offer nothing to society. They produce nothing. They do nothing except line their own pockets by turning the screw on desperate people seeking somewhere to live.

    As I said, parasites. They are the "spongers" at whom your ire should be directed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Who knows.

    It is great to finally see direct action taking place to address the homeless crisis.

    People have had enough of the greed of slumlords like the owners of that building and the many others like them.

    Landlords live a parasitic existence on the hard work, sweat and tears of ordinary folk. They offer nothing to society. They produce nothing. They do nothing except line their own pockets by turning the screw on desperate people seeking somewhere to live.

    As I said, parasites. They are the "spongers" at whom your ire should be directed.
    Totally agree, Saoirse. Class war IS real, and not mythologised.

    And we don't have to take the crap, we don't have to take it lying down.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Who knows.

    It is great to finally see direct action taking place to address the homeless crisis.

    People have had enough of the greed of slumlords like the owners of that building and the many others like them.

    Landlords live a parasitic existence on the hard work, sweat and tears of ordinary folk. They offer nothing to society. They produce nothing. They do nothing except line their own pockets by turning the screw on desperate people seeking somewhere to live.

    As I said, parasites. They are the "spongers" at whom your ire should be directed.
    By in large yes. I do feel sorry for those that have become inadvertent landlord's for whatever reason and genuinely don't go out to screw people over. It's a question of greed at the end of the day.

    Nothing much has changed since famine times in regard to the attitude towards the poorer members of society. Relations of mine back in the 1920s working as farm labourers had missed payments on rent as work had dried up and the landlord got two fellas to turn up at their door with a hatchet on Christmas Eve morning to throw them out on the road and they having three young children. That class of scum are still making people homeless today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Who knows.

    It is great to finally see direct action taking place to address the homeless crisis.

    People have had enough of the greed of slumlords like the owners of that building and the many others like them.

    Landlords live a parasitic existence on the hard work, sweat and tears of ordinary folk. They offer nothing to society. They produce nothing. They do nothing except line their own pockets by turning the screw on desperate people seeking somewhere to live.

    As I said, parasites. They are the "spongers" at whom your ire should be directed.
    how many lads are in a house that wouldnt of been bar them ***** broke into that place????? none thats how many.... the like of them fuckwits are only doin that ***** to make themself look good.... if they were made pay what it cost to clean up after them theyd forget their principals fair quick!!!!

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    OCCUPATION & HOUSING ACTION
    AUGUST 2018

    The housing situation in Ireland is a national emergency. In June of this year, there were 9,874 people registered as homeless. Average rents have hit an all time national high of €1,304 per month. This is 75% higher than in 2011 and 26% higher than the peak level in the Celtic Tiger. In April of this year, there were 19,220 on the housing waiting list for Dublin City Council alone. These numbers are only the tip of the iceberg. There are uncountable numbers of hidden homeless - people staying on sofas, in cars, packed in with family members - alongside thousands trapped in substandard accommodation and paying exorbitant rent.

    Landlords, investors and developers are directly gaining from the insecurity and suffering of the housing crisis. While prices rise, developers and investors buy up land and property, then sit on it, leaving thousands of building empty across the island just so they can turn a profit. Thousands of bogus rent increases and eviction notices go in a year, tearing family homes out from under peoples feat, more homes are turned into slums, overcrowded, run down and then knocked and redeveloped as part of the gentrification of communities.

    Enough is enough. Now is the time to get organised and work together.

    In May 2018, a collective of grass-roots housing and community action groups, soup runs, student and migrant groups came together. Two housing forums were organised in June & July, and a day of action saw banner drops, an occupation of vulture fund Kennedy Wilson, information stalls, leafleting, and a community dinner and gig.

    In the end 7 groups came together to plan an occupation. Blanchardstown Housing Action Committee, Dublin Central Housing Action, Dublin Renters Union, Migrant & Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice, Take Back Trinity, Brazilian Left Front, A Lending Hand & North Housing Bay Housing Crisis Committee.
    On Tuesday the 7th of August, hundreds marched from the GPO to 35 Summerhill Parade and seized the building from slum landlord Pat O’Donnell.

    After 10 days, an occupation of the Custom House (office of the housing minister Eoghan Murphy), a Family Fun day, days of door knocking and a “Summerhill-16 for Housing” Demo on Dublin GAA semi-final day, an injunction was served and a private security team were (RFC) hired by Pat O’Donnell, in preparation for a merciless eviction. On Friday the 17th, an elaborate game of hide and seek played out, as the occupation reappeared at 34 North Frederick St! A second property was taken.

    At North Frederick St, door knocking, a second protest at the Custom House and a women’s only occupation drew a new community into housing direct action. Ten new groups joined: Dublin West Housing Action, Dublin North West Housing Action, Anti-Racism Network, Mobile Homeless Run, Campaign for Public Housing, Cavan Housing Action, Queer Action Ireland, Dublin Bay North Choice and Equality Network, and SPARK - Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids.

    Colm McGreal and his Daughter Orla McGreal, insurance and debt restructurers, came to light as the owners of the property - veritable housing hoarders. Threats of injunction, aggressive filming and verbal abuse were not enough to remove the #takebackthecity Occupation, and on Day 21 the occupation continues stronger than ever.

    The Occupiers of 34 North Frederick St encourage people around the country to get organised around housing. Without us ordinary people affected by the crisis, there will be no change and the crisis will get worse. We will continue occupations and direct actions over the coming months.

    -- Why are we occupying buildings? --

    Grassroots groups involved in the occupation set out three goals at the outset of the occupation:

    1. We want to spark the housing movement and encourage more direct action.
    There is a need to defend communities using tactics like anti-eviction work and direct action (such as occupation). We felt this would inspire groups across the country to get active and get organised.

    2. We want to build community.
    The Housing Crisis is affecting the majority of communities in Ireland. Families have been forced into homelessness, evictions are happening everyday, rents are increasing exponentially, and mortgages are unaffordable. While many of the older generation are more secure, they now worry for their children and grandchildren facing bleak prospects in terms of fair rents and a secure home.
    Communities have the power to organise together, and to tackle these problems together. That means wherever we set out to occupy, we make sure to engage with the community, listen to their housing needs, and build a collective community response to the housing crisis.

    3. We wanted to show who is causing the crisis.
    Often, policy-makers & “the market” are blamed for the housing crisis. Sometimes people blame the government for failing; some blame migrants, the unemployed, or single mothers. But we wanted to give the whole picture. We know that the State as a whole is to blame - this includes the councils, housing agencies, charities, housing department and government. Alongside the State there is a whole web of private business interests complicit in this crisis. Landlords, vulture funds, investors and financial institutions, banks and accountancy firms, letting firms and management companies, not to mention private security firms used to evict people. All are profiting from the crisis; they need to be exposed.

    ---- What are our Demands? ---

    1. Summerhill Parade 33-39, owned by slum landlord Pat O’Donnell, and 34 North Frederick Street, owned by Orla McGreal, should be CPO’d by the Council, given back to the community and turned into public housing.
    2. All vacant land and property in Ireland should be CPO’d by the council, be given back to the community and turned into public housing and community facilities.
    3. Tenant security and fair rents. More specifically, a total ban on economic evictions, a reduction in rents, and rents capped at 20% of income or €300 per room max.

    Everyone needs a secure and safe home. Everyone must be housed across the country, with fair rents and decent conditions. The right to a home must take priority above private profit and ‘investment’ properties. These are radical but practical demands.
    Every empty building could be surveyed and CPO’d by councils, then put to use as housing or community centers with resources to benefit every community.

    -- Take Action! --

    1. Groups to set up in every county and community on the island.
    2. Occupations to spread across the country
    3. The re-launch of the Irish Housing Network on the 8th of September
    4. Put pressure on other campaigns, parties and organisations to take immediate and firm action on the housing crisis.

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    *** INJUNCTION PASSED AGAINST OCCUPANTS OF 34 FREDERICK STREET NORTH ***

    Today, 28 Aug 2018, an injunction was passed against “All Persons Unknown in Occupation of 34 Frederick St North”. The injunction will come into effect tomorrow (Aug 29th) at 1.30pm

    We will defend this occupation. We are now calling on the community, our volunteers and all supporters to join us in solidarity. A rally will be held directly outside no 34 Frederick St North in support of the occupiers tomorrow from 1.30pm and throughout the day. Victory can only be achieved with feet on the street.

    There has been ample opportunity to simply “highlight the housing crisis”. We want to continue to highlight the causes of this crisis – one of which is land hoarding & speculation by private owners.

    Join us from 1.30pm and throughout the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    OCCUPATION & HOUSING ACTION
    AUGUST 2018

    The housing situation in Ireland is a national emergency. In June of this year, there were 9,874 people registered as homeless. Average rents have hit an all time national high of €1,304 per month. This is 75% higher than in 2011 and 26% higher than the peak level in the Celtic Tiger. In April of this year, there were 19,220 on the housing waiting list for Dublin City Council alone. These numbers are only the tip of the iceberg. There are uncountable numbers of hidden homeless - people staying on sofas, in cars, packed in with family members - alongside thousands trapped in substandard accommodation and paying exorbitant rent.

    Landlords, investors and developers are directly gaining from the insecurity and suffering of the housing crisis. While prices rise, developers and investors buy up land and property, then sit on it, leaving thousands of building empty across the island just so they can turn a profit. Thousands of bogus rent increases and eviction notices go in a year, tearing family homes out from under peoples feat, more homes are turned into slums, overcrowded, run down and then knocked and redeveloped as part of the gentrification of communities.

    Enough is enough. Now is the time to get organised and work together.

    In May 2018, a collective of grass-roots housing and community action groups, soup runs, student and migrant groups came together. Two housing forums were organised in June & July, and a day of action saw banner drops, an occupation of vulture fund Kennedy Wilson, information stalls, leafleting, and a community dinner and gig.

    In the end 7 groups came together to plan an occupation. Blanchardstown Housing Action Committee, Dublin Central Housing Action, Dublin Renters Union, Migrant & Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice, Take Back Trinity, Brazilian Left Front, A Lending Hand & North Housing Bay Housing Crisis Committee.
    On Tuesday the 7th of August, hundreds marched from the GPO to 35 Summerhill Parade and seized the building from slum landlord Pat O’Donnell.

    After 10 days, an occupation of the Custom House (office of the housing minister Eoghan Murphy), a Family Fun day, days of door knocking and a “Summerhill-16 for Housing” Demo on Dublin GAA semi-final day, an injunction was served and a private security team were (RFC) hired by Pat O’Donnell, in preparation for a merciless eviction. On Friday the 17th, an elaborate game of hide and seek played out, as the occupation reappeared at 34 North Frederick St! A second property was taken.

    At North Frederick St, door knocking, a second protest at the Custom House and a women’s only occupation drew a new community into housing direct action. Ten new groups joined: Dublin West Housing Action, Dublin North West Housing Action, Anti-Racism Network, Mobile Homeless Run, Campaign for Public Housing, Cavan Housing Action, Queer Action Ireland, Dublin Bay North Choice and Equality Network, and SPARK - Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids.

    Colm McGreal and his Daughter Orla McGreal, insurance and debt restructurers, came to light as the owners of the property - veritable housing hoarders. Threats of injunction, aggressive filming and verbal abuse were not enough to remove the #takebackthecity Occupation, and on Day 21 the occupation continues stronger than ever.

    The Occupiers of 34 North Frederick St encourage people around the country to get organised around housing. Without us ordinary people affected by the crisis, there will be no change and the crisis will get worse. We will continue occupations and direct actions over the coming months.

    -- Why are we occupying buildings? --

    Grassroots groups involved in the occupation set out three goals at the outset of the occupation:

    1. We want to spark the housing movement and encourage more direct action.
    There is a need to defend communities using tactics like anti-eviction work and direct action (such as occupation). We felt this would inspire groups across the country to get active and get organised.

    2. We want to build community.
    The Housing Crisis is affecting the majority of communities in Ireland. Families have been forced into homelessness, evictions are happening everyday, rents are increasing exponentially, and mortgages are unaffordable. While many of the older generation are more secure, they now worry for their children and grandchildren facing bleak prospects in terms of fair rents and a secure home.
    Communities have the power to organise together, and to tackle these problems together. That means wherever we set out to occupy, we make sure to engage with the community, listen to their housing needs, and build a collective community response to the housing crisis.

    3. We wanted to show who is causing the crisis.
    Often, policy-makers & “the market” are blamed for the housing crisis. Sometimes people blame the government for failing; some blame migrants, the unemployed, or single mothers. But we wanted to give the whole picture. We know that the State as a whole is to blame - this includes the councils, housing agencies, charities, housing department and government. Alongside the State there is a whole web of private business interests complicit in this crisis. Landlords, vulture funds, investors and financial institutions, banks and accountancy firms, letting firms and management companies, not to mention private security firms used to evict people. All are profiting from the crisis; they need to be exposed.

    ---- What are our Demands? ---

    1. Summerhill Parade 33-39, owned by slum landlord Pat O’Donnell, and 34 North Frederick Street, owned by Orla McGreal, should be CPO’d by the Council, given back to the community and turned into public housing.
    2. All vacant land and property in Ireland should be CPO’d by the council, be given back to the community and turned into public housing and community facilities.
    3. Tenant security and fair rents. More specifically, a total ban on economic evictions, a reduction in rents, and rents capped at 20% of income or €300 per room max.

    Everyone needs a secure and safe home. Everyone must be housed across the country, with fair rents and decent conditions. The right to a home must take priority above private profit and ‘investment’ properties. These are radical but practical demands.
    Every empty building could be surveyed and CPO’d by councils, then put to use as housing or community centers with resources to benefit every community.

    -- Take Action! --

    1. Groups to set up in every county and community on the island.
    2. Occupations to spread across the country
    3. The re-launch of the Irish Housing Network on the 8th of September
    4. Put pressure on other campaigns, parties and organisations to take immediate and firm action on the housing crisis.

    This is what happens when you get mob rule.That statement of demands is hilarious. No one pays any attention to people who put out such statements. All they succeed in is earning themselves a reputation as idiots. I'm struck as much by the innocence as the outrageousness of it. Not a word about how it would be paid for. I guess someone else will pay. How about The Rohingya?
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    The injunction kicked in at 2pm today, activists are holding the building

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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    This is what happens when you get mob rule.That statement of demands is hilarious. No one pays any attention to people who put out such statements. All they succeed in is earning themselves a reputation as idiots. I'm struck as much by the innocence as the outrageousness of it. Not a word about how it would be paid for. I guess someone else will pay. How about The Rohingya?
    Louth CC have CPO'd a number of vacant properties with a view to utilising them for the common good.

    Use it or lose it is what I say.

    Fair play to the activists, it is great to see a challenge to the ideologically driven action of the government who want higher house prices and higher rents. The rent crisis is the desired result of govt policy which is aimed at getting foreign investors to purchase large amounts of housing the rent out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Louth CC have CPO'd a number of vacant properties with a view to utilising them for the common good.

    Use it or lose it is what I say.

    Fair play to the activists, it is great to see a challenge to the ideologically driven action of the government who want higher house prices and higher rents. The rent crisis is the desired result of govt policy which is aimed at getting foreign investors to purchase large amounts of housing the rent out.
    I understand the desire to CPO, but there can be many reasons why a property is vacant. Use it or lose it can be a two edged sword. Do you think it would be a good idea for people to lose health care benefits for failure to use?
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    Has Ireland ever introduced a replacement for the old "Rates" (property taxes) that were abolished years ago?
    A good first step might be to introduce a tax on vacant property. Wash DC assesses another 5-10% above normal on vacant and blighted.

    https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/...ant-properties
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    I understand the desire to CPO, but there can be many reasons why a property is vacant. Use it or lose it can be a two edged sword. Do you think it would be a good idea for people to lose health care benefits for failure to use?
    It's ridiculous to compare hoarding vacant property with someone having good health...

    Completely different to the extent that your comparison is nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    It's ridiculous to compare hoarding vacant property with someone having good health...

    Completely different to the extent that your comparison is nonsense.
    No less ridiculous than your proposed use it or lose it decree.
    Hard left wingers and young idealists seem to constantly forget that gubbmints have no money of their own. Only that which they take from de peeps.
    I have no idea how many or few, vacant properties there are in Ireland, but I'm pretty sure the gummint doesn't have the money to buy them all at fair market value, much less rehabilitate them also, without taxing the peeps more.
    With vacant property, the land is often worth more than the structure, particularly in urban areas. Supposedly there are 10,000 homeless in the state. It would be a relatively easy matter to build housing for them in say the suburbs of Kinnegad, but many of the don't want to live in Kinnegad....or its suburbs.
    Inefficient public use of land, property, housing etc. costs money, just like overuse of health benefits to prevent them being taken away.
    I agree that the government should try to house the homeless, but on the government's terms, not those of the homeless, otherwise it would be open to widespread scamming.

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