— Julian Fitzsimons (@fitzsij) March 23, 2015
The residents of the Grangegorman squat in Dublin 7 are winding down around the heat of their bonfire following a day that lurched from apparent defeat and loss of their home to apparent victory – for the time being at least.
Bailiffs arrived with angle grinders in the morning and events escalated throughout the day as an apparently illegal eviction was backed up by Gardaí. This evening saw residents knocked from a 4m high gate, beaten with steel poles, rammed by a van and culminated in Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulances attending the scene as at least one resident was hospitalised.
Reports indicate the injured parties may have been run over by the van and beaten with a pole as seen in the video and photo above.
The residents negotiated a climbdown with Gardaí who agreed to the bailiffs and security leaving the site, according to spokespeople inside.
The long-abandoned site has become home to 27 residents over the last two years and it also contains a community garden and social space. It is understood the bailiffs and Gardaí undertook today’s eviction without court approval. The site is understood to be in NAMA.
Follow the residents’ Facebook updates here.