Demonstrators occupy vacant Dublin house in second night of protest against housing conditions

Latest: Activists are facing a second night occupying a vacant property in Dublin's north inner city.

They say there is no political will to make real and meaningful change to the homeless crisis - and claim those in power are just sitting on their hands.

Activists occupy a vacant house in Dublin. Pic: RollingNews.ie

They have taken over the house on Summerhill Parade and are calling for action on rent hikes, evictions and poor housing conditions.

This woman from Dublin Central Housing Action explains what they hope to achieve: "We're trying to raise awareness that private houses that are under landlords and under developers that are sitting empty can actually be Compulsory Purchase Ordered by the Council," she said.

"So our demands would be that the Council do this and that the houses go back to community use and be opened up for families in the local area that are in overcrowded accommodations."

Local Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe has said that the occupation underpins the need to provide greater protection for residents who rent their homes.

In a statement released today, Cllr Cuffe outlined the reforms he says are necessary:

  • an end to evictions for refurbishment that are actually an excuse to raise rents;
  • a clear definition of over-crowding in law that is meaningful and enforceable;
  • a requirement for planning permission for short-term rental apartments;
  • greater use of CPO powers by Local Authorities for housing purposes;
  • extension of the Vacant Sites Levy to include smaller buildings and sites;
  • a ban on cash-in-hand payment of rents;
  • a right to occupy residential properties vacant for more than a year.

The activists occupying the Dublin property have said that they are overwhelmed by the support they are getting.

Earlier: Demonstrators march and occupy vacant house in Dublin to protest housing conditions

Around 150 demonstrators marched from O'Connell Street to Summerhill Parade yesterday evening to highlight rent hikes, evictions and poor housing conditions.

A group of activists have taken over a vacant house in Dublin's north inner city to protest against government inaction on the homeless crisis.

The “direct action” event called "Take Back The City" was hosted by North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community, Blanchardstown Housing Action Committee, Dublin central housing action, Dublin Renters’ Union, Take Back Trinity, Brazilian Left Front, and Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice.

It is believed up to ten people peacefully occupied the empty property overnight.

Michelle Connolly from Dublin Central Housing Action explained: "We are calling for vacant houses such as this to be put under public ownership so that it can be returned to use as a home for people who need it, because there are so many people at the moment who need a home."

Protesters outside the General Post Office on Dublin’s O’Connell Street yesterday evening. Photo: RollingNews.ie

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