It’s the Winter Solstice and the darkest day of the year as receivers Mazars go to the high court to serve an injunction to turf 35 homeless people back out on the streets right before Christmas.
Above: Bit Thorn sent us on these snaps of the occupation as it was about to begin last night. We’ll have more. That’s a Youtube video of their GoFundMe appeal below. Last night housing activists, including a stellar line-up of socially conscious celebs, staged a citizens’ intervention into the housing crisis. They did the obvious and occupied a building under NAMA control on Tara St. We asked Sean Finnan to poke behind Coveney’s manufactured seasonal goodwill and talk of 4% rent caps in pressure areas, to explore the … Read More
A rather inspired social media and pop up shop campaign from the Vinny De Paul here. You might have come across a few of their fake Daft ads. The acerbic ad copy sails way too close to the actual estate agent gibberish that dresses up squalor as opportunity. Bravo.
New report out this morning from Savilles real-estate on the state of renting. You’re right, it’s exactly like the torture rack it feels. The slumlords are playing the poor-mouth – they’re rolling in it. As the report says “it’s a no-brainer for people with the cash.” See more here.
When our Obersturmführer for property developers, Simon Coveney designated the former Glass Bottle plant a Strategic Development Zone, there was plenty of celebratory hoo ha in the media for the 3,000 homes promised as part of the scheme. However far from being an answer to the capital’s housing problem, a little digging leads Rashers Tierney to find this SDZ represents a brewing triumvirate of social exclusion, vulture funds and tech sector worship that is quickly reshaping our city. Dublin needs houses and by god, the regime is going to … Read More
The Dublin Tenants Association has an online campaign highlighting abuses in Ireland’s rental sector and they want you to get involved.
Above: Photos and video taken from the Irish Housing Network Facebook page. Fifty beds were closed last night at the Bru Hostel, and with nowhere left to go, residents took direct action to keep them open. The hostel is managed by Crosscare and the closure comes despite the council passing two motions for the hostel to stay open beyond May. The Digital Hub is run by the city council, under the sway of the Minister for Communications, Energy and Resources. The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, a man … Read More
London heads are using social media to highlight the utter shtate of their rental accommodation by sharing handmade signs, cardboard memes and posters.
Generation Rent instigated the campaign to force the housing issue to the top of the London Mayoral agenda. Unsurprisingly, it’s a litany of high rents, dismal dives and nightmare landlord stories.
Above: Some portraits celebrating the memory of the executed leaders of the 1916 rising at Arbour Hill last week. Check out more shots from Jamie Goldrick here. Last week’s 1916 commemoration was a grandiose spectacle, imbued with a huge amount of national symbolism and with no cost spared. Niall O’Sullivan says it’ll change nothing for the growing thousands of homeless men, women and children in emergency accommodation or those sleeping rough within earshot of the ceremonies. Tricolours adorned every square foot of O’Connell Street. Aircraft flyovers, a huge … Read More
In February of this year Maggie Corrigan was consumed with making a documentary about homelessness in Dublin, specifically looking at how it affected lone parent families. It was impossible to find people willing to talk about their homelessness on camera when all of a sudden she found herself at the centre of her own housing nightmare. As the due date loomed closer for my documentary, I decided to look at the housing crisis through a different lens. I placed my son in front of every house we have … Read More