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
For a few years through the gloom of the recession there was a hope that the potential existed to bring something of the vivacity of Berlin to Dublin. Martin Leen believes you can kiss that hope goodbye as the new rental realities are killing art spaces.
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
Fine Gael have chosen a photograph of a “ghost estate” to attack Fianna Fáil but they’ve shot themselves in the foot. Again.
Above: our man on the ground Fedayn sent us on these shots yesterday. The occupiers were anxious to show that they are keeping well out of the areas under scrutiny in order to avoid damaging the historical structure. Campaigners gathered again yesterday down on Moore St to signal their opposition to whatever development mess is going on in the background. Your feeds are no doubt clogging up with updates on the whole thing, but here’s a few bits we thought worth highlighting. At some stage on … Read More
Mick Wallace has been to the cops. Enda isn’t interested. Probably wishes he went to the Carrickmines fire victims’ funeral instead now. Wallace remarks that Cerberus are under criminal investigation in the UK and the USA. Why is NAMA selling it Project Arrow? Frank Daly (NAMA) replied last week to Wallace to say that he was not aware that Cerberus was under investigation in any jurisdiction. Wallace continues: Aside from the National Crime Agency in Britain, in the US, Taoiseach, the Dept. of Justice are investigating the role of American … Read More
The Public Accounts Committee of the Oireachtas is to hear from NAMA about Project Eagle this morning. The session starts at 10am and is live on the player above. NAMAWineLake on Twitter believes the coverage could start late as some of the session may be closed. Remember, the Cerberus company which acquired Project Eagle is Promontoria Eagle Limited, which is incorporated in Dublin. #NAMA — NAMAwinelake (@namawinelake) October 1, 2015 10 key questions for #NAMA Project Eagle hearing at public accounts committee this morning – https://t.co/tmShHFWMhq pic.twitter.com/kJwkCap1kK — NAMAwinelake … Read More
In Leaders’ Questions today Mick Wallace appealed once more for a thorough independent review into what he called the “rotten” workings of NAMA. Amongst other serious claims he said there have been £45m in “fixer fees” by a company that the Government hasn’t disqualified from purchasing the Project Arrow portfolio. Full transcript of above video: I am a little taken aback by the position which the Tánaiste is taking on NAMA. I raised this issue with her before the summer recess, when I marked her card that all was not well … Read More
Famed developer and face of Treasury Holdings, Johnny Ronan, concluded his written submission to the Banking Inquiry with an extraordinary reference to the slogan above the gates of many Nazi concentration camps. Bad taste aside, his submission, some of which has been redacted by the Oireachtas, makes for interesting reading and we look forward to how some of his claims will shake out. For example: “That NAMA was leaking selective, often un-true and one-sided confidential information to the press, to keep them on side in an attempt to justify a … Read More
Mick Wallace has upset the cronies with more revelations on the “inner workings of this secret organisation” – NAMA. Addressing the hapless Enda Kenny at Leaders’ Questions today Wallace, who has done for NAMA what Catherine Murphy TD did for Irish Water, claimed that one NAMA insider provided favour for a developer in exchange for €15,000 in a bag. “There are many concerns, Taoiseach around the workings of NAMA. Cerebus expects to make a large fortune from the purchase of Project Eagle. The seven million that ended up in … Read More