“There’s a constant effort at balancing the interests. However there are fundamental contradictions in the interests of the tenants and the landlords. The landlord’s aim is to raise rent to make more money out of it and then the tenants aim is to have a secure place to live. This is playing out with slum landlords illegally evicting people using a high level of threat and violence, sending round heavies. RTB can’t really deal with that complex of a case or that level of force being applied by the landlord.”
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
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More