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Up Up And Away: What’s Going On With Dublin’s Property Prices?

In #rabble7, Culture, History, Illustration, Interviews, Politics by Stephen Bourke13 Comments

With everyone seemingly going ga-ga over the rise in house prices, it’s like Ireland has made a miraculous recovery. Hold off on buying that champers-fuelled jetpack just for a moment though, as Stephen Bourke looks into the housing crisis that is still very much in existence.   The great big Bank of Ireland ad on Manor Street says something like, “I thought I’d be renting for the rest of my … Read More

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Deliberate Dereliction

In #rabble6, Blog, History, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by Fedayn10 Comments

If the market is based on supply and demand then why do we have a housing crisis, extortionate rents and so many empty homes we’ve lost count? Paul Reynolds and Lorna Muddiman examine the crisis and the solutions. Cars speed past in twos and threes as we turn our backs on the Naas road and stroll up the narrow laneway. Colin McCabe is worried about what’s happening to this little … Read More

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My Little Squatty Watty: Grangegorman Update.

In Interviews, Politics by Squatter2 Comments

An update from one of the squatters in Grangegorman after their first day of eviction resistance. Today was very quiet; there was no eviction attempt. We were prepared for the worst, but no cops called around, nobody claiming to be the owner, nothing. An update from one of the squatters in Grangegorman after their first day of eviction resistance. Today was very quiet; there was no eviction attempt. We were prepared … Read More

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#rabbleReels : A Whole Load Of Squat.

In Blog, Culture, History by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

  Not to detract from our bits on Boston, but after Stoneybatter today here’s a few flicks to awake the womble in ya. I was nearly going to make my own list, but this Youtube playlist here more or less nailed all the major ones. If you have any more, why not share them with the rest of the rabble on our wall on Facebook, on Twitter using #rabbleReels or … Read More

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Squat’s That All About? Quick Report From Manor Street.

In Blog, History, Politics by Rashers Tierney10 Comments

 Word broke out around three o’clock today that there was an eviction taking place on Manor St. This rabbler slurped down the last of his coffee and sprinted over to the hipster side of D7 to find out what was going on. Not much to be honest  when I got there. The cops had long since gone, having came round earlier in the day – but they left with an … Read More

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We’ve turned another corner

In Blog, Culture by Fedayn7 Comments

Cavan ghost estate sells for €210,000 at auction A distressed property auction in the Shelbourne Hotel and organised by Allsop saw one Cavan ghost estate containing 5 completed houses, 4 partly finished and planning for 52 more sell for €210,000 today. Other cut-price bargains (?) included  a 3-bed house in Longford (€35,000), a 3-bed house in Louth (€124,000) a bar in Co. Cork (€190,000) and a derelict cottage in Cork (€33,000). … Read More

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Property Tax by the back door

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn6 Comments

Almost all residential properties are subject to the new so-called property tax enacted on 26th December last year. This will include the 125,000 local authority homes whose residents are exempt, sneaky-tax-style . It seems that rents will be increased for council tenants, coincidentally, at the same time as the new property tax falls due. Bang! and the money’s gone. Cllr Bríd Smith (Dublin South Central) claims there definitely will be … Read More

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A Room With No View

In Blog, Culture by Fedayn13 Comments

While house prices are in freefall and the number of road deaths points to mass emigration of the under 35s it would be reasonable to expect low-cost rental properties both luxurious and plentiful in the capital. However a quick poke around the usual suspect websites like brings forth a compendium of horror. Letting agents with all the scruples of a Fianna Fáil Director of Ethics are trying to let … Read More

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All That Glitters…

In #rabble5, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by rabble3 Comments

  The corners cut and shortcuts taken during Ireland’s property boom mean that Priory Hall, negative equity and half-finished ghost estates are but the very tip of a continental-shelf sized iceberg, and every day brings new titanic tales of grief and misery. The latest mayday to reach our ears came in a short, single word: Pyrite.   Pyrite occurs naturally in certain rock formations. Left alone in the ground it’s … Read More