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Simms City.

In #rabble14, Blog, History, Print Edition by Donal FallonLeave a Comment

The history of public housing in Ireland is, in many ways, a history of failure. Donal Fallon takes us for a trip in his De Loreon and introduces us to a champion of social housing who designed beautiful European art deco buildings for the city that still stand out as visionary models today. Regarded as a legacy of British rule, slumdom still defined much of the heart of inner-city Dublin … Read More

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Taking On The Vulture Club.

In #rabble14, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Sean FinnanLeave a Comment

Above:  Illustrartion by Holly Pereira. Check out more of her amazing work at Hyperpictures. Last January, the Master of the High Court Edmund Hanahan warned that over the next five years home repossessions were to increase five-fold. Already this year there have been 517 cases lodged by companies affiliated with vulture funds against debtors, that’s a tenfold increase from the 53 cases recorded in the High Court last year. Sean Finnan looks at … Read More

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The Estate Of That.

In #rabble14, Blog, Print Edition by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

  Above: Photos from the production.  First the Red Road flats in Glasglow, and then the famous Balfron Tower that inspired JG Ballard’s High Rise.. As Ireland scrambles to get to grips with its housing crisis, director Paul Sng turns in a blinding exposée of the deliberate dismantling of social housing in the UK.  It’s called Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle. Rashers Tierney caught up with him to hear … Read More

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A Poverty Of Ambition.

In #rabble14, Blog, Print Edition by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

  The government strategy on housing is to constantly repeat “spending commitments” and issue estimates for house building projects. Patrick McCusker dons his number crunching glasses and looks behind the headlines of the government’s housing strategy in Budget 2018. Overall spending is up to 1.9 billion in housing, which is a startling 46% increase on the 2017 budget. This figure includes 500m to meet a new target of 50,000 homes … Read More

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The Slumlord Files.

In Blog by Sheila MeskillLeave a Comment

Above: The “make it up as we go along” approach to tenants rights that a certain subsect of the slumlord species adheres to. Landlords are hiking up rents and leaving basic maintenance neglected, contributing to the return of turn-of-the-century tenement-style slums in Dublin. The return of slum accommodation has brought a return to the landlord tactics of old – illegal rack renting, overcrowding, and of course evictions. Sheila Meskill was … Read More

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Leo, Actually.

In #rabble14, Blog, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Sam NoonanLeave a Comment

Above: This one ended up on our front page. An illustration by Mice that eviscerates our glorious leader. Her best yet?   The Blueshirts anointed a new party leader recently and that man is a master of the spin game. Sam Noonan slips on a pair of waders and takes a poke around the slurry pit of our new Taoiseach’s career so far. You’ve heard about the government’s new Strategic Communications unit … Read More

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Let There Be Houses.

In #rabble14, Blog, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by Harry Sal LaceyLeave a Comment

Back in late October the Campaign For Public Housing burst onto the scene promising a water charges style agitation for that most basic of human needs. Harry Sal Lacey caught up with Eugene Mcartan to see if they tick any differently to the rest of the housing movement. What do you mean by public housing? Is this social housing or affordable housing or both? The difference between social or affordable … Read More

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Failing Tenants.

In Blog by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

  Above: Some graphics from the Daft Quarterly report. Strong words from the Dublin Tenants’ Association this morning. They just put out a response to Daft’s latest quarterly report.   They’ve highlighted non-compliance among landlords with legislation around minimum standards and the total disregard to the Rent Pressure Zone legislation. In a press release, spokesperson Fionn Toland said: “The government has left it up to tenants to regulate rents. It’s … Read More

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It’s Not Reit.

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Above: The online brochure for the Maple development from the Ires Reit website.   Ires Reit are the big bad boys of Irish property development at the moment. They’ve been hoovering up NAMA properties and bringing them to market as either luxury apartments or mad over priced student gaffs. Today Dublin Tenants Association are bringing a protest right to their door in an attempt to upset the PR around the launch of … Read More

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The Siege of Bóthar Anam.

In Blog by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

Marcus Maher is a writer and director currently crowdfunding for a short film project that links the current housing crisis to his experiences squatting in Liverpool in the 1990s. Rashers Tierney finds out more. The film is partially inspired by events in Liverpool in the mid-1990s. Can you fill us in on this? The city It sounds like you were right in the heart of some interesting scenes? Were you … Read More