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(en) wsm.ie: 13 families to be made homeless on election day to boost landlord profits
Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:51:53 +0200
On the 18th of February, 13 families who were being housed in an emergency accommodation
facility on 54-55 Mountjoy street were handed an eviction notice, ending their tenancy in
just 8 days time. ---- The stated reason for the eviction was an increase in the
property’s rent, which DCC claim they will be unable to supply. As the residents are in
emergency accommodation, they do not receive protection under the tenants’ rights law.
---- The media constantly refer to families ‘losing their homes’ as if they had dropped
out of their back pockets on the way back from the shops. Homes are not lost, they are
taken and the reason they are taken is so that those who already have a huge amount of
wealth can have more. Dublin is full of vacant properties that could be used as homes but
are kept vacant by their owners.
At least 6 of the families residing in the facility have young children, many of whom are
attending local schools in the area. These children are now facing a traumatic removal
from a safe and stable environment, continued precarious living arrangements and a
disruption to their education.
According to recent figures from Focus Ireland, 134 families became homeless in Dublin in
January alone. The last 12 months have seen a 148% increase in families becoming homeless
The date given was the 26th of February, which coincides with the upcoming general election.
Thus far, negotiations with DCC have failed to result in suitable arrangements being
provided for all 13 families. In response to this, the families’ are organising a protest
against the treatment, which they have received, due to take place on Friday 26th February
at 11am outside the facility on Mountjoy Street.
They have issued the following demands:
“1) We are allowed to stay in 54-55 Mountjoy or are properly and securely housed with full
tenants rights in alternative accommodation, suitable for children.
2) That DCC and management go into talks with us collectively as a campaign.
3) All people are granted adequate and protected housing rights, tenancy protection and
the safety of a home.”
A rally in support of the 13 families will take place tomorrow at 11:00 at 54-55 Mountjoy
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