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Activists Refuse To Leave Occupied Frederick Street Property


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Around 100 protesters have gathered in Dublin’s north inner city to support a group of activists who are occupying a vacant house.

They’re refusing to leave the building on Frederick Street North despite a court order.

It's the second time the group has occupied a building in their efforts to highlight the number of properties sitting empty during the housing crisis.

They complied with a High Court order to leave that property, and ten days ago occupied another vacant Georgian house on North Frederick Street.

Dublin Central Housing Action says the campaigners are considering whether to defy the injunction.

Spokesperson Michelle Connolly is seeking public support as the deadline passes.

"We're hoping for massive public report to show both the owners and the government that there is public support for this kind of action, that people won't stand for the housing crisis to just sit there."

Yesterday the High Court heard the property's owner bought the building in 2014 and has plans to convert it into a guest house.

Meanwhile, a motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister will be considered by Sinn Féin early next week.

The party has threatened it before without following through.

The number of homeless people in Ireland may officially exceed 10,000 for the first time when new figures are published later.

It has already led to calls for the resignation of Eoghan Murphy as Minister.


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