Mountjoy To The World



54-55 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7 last Friday

You may recall how 13 families were due to be evicted from their emergency accommodation on 54-55 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, last Friday, the day of the election.

Further to this…

Dublin Central Housing Action writes:

Dubin City Council (DCC) have failed to meet [the families’] demands and are refusing to enter into talks with them. In response to this they have, thus far, resisted the eviction and appear to be staying put. They have garnered a significant amount of support from the local community and further afield.

No suitable accommodation has been arranged by DCC. The families state that the temporary accommodation being offered is unsuitable as they offer no security, have no provisions for young children and disrupt their place on the housing list.

The stated reason for the eviction was an increase in the property’s rent, which DCC would be unable to supply. As the residents are in emergency accommodation, they do not receive protection under the tenants’ rights law. The residents became homeless for a variety of reasons, including landlords increasing the rents and rent allowances remaining stagnant.

Their demands are:

1) We are 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.

Dublin Central Housing Action

Previously: Squeezed Out Of The Market

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30 thoughts on “Mountjoy To The World

  1. Paul Davis

    No need to work in modern Ireland…

    Landlord can sue DCC now and cost the state even more.

    What a world we live in ;-)

  2. Spud1

    I don’t own my home and pay rent.
    My property really isn’t ‘suitable’ for children which I hope to have soon/
    Perhaps I need to protest to ask for points 1 & 3 too?

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Maybe you do. Maybe expensive rents aren’t good enough, maybe the housing market is broken, maybe it’s better to let people build up communities rather than struggle on their own. At least these people are standing up for what they believe in and yet they are attacked for it. Very similar to the squatters post last week.

      1. MoyestWithExcitement

        This is why we call ourselves a nation of begrudgers. Maybe mentalities like that are part and parcel of living on a small island.

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          I don’t think it’s just Ireland. I think people are tired and run down by life but instead of saying, hey you guys in charge are messing it up, it’s your job to fix it, we are turning on each other even when the “other” are saying exactly the same thing as we all are.

          Power to the people brother

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            I’m doing a whole thing on the Black Panthers at the moment in case it’s not obvious. Sexy violent socialist bastards.

          2. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            I would like to visit Iran yes, it would be fascinating. I don’t know if I want to leave there though as I have never been there and it would be silly to say you want to live somewhere without having the evidence it would be a nice place. That would be something you would say as you stamp your little fists and cry out for mammy’s teat.

          3. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            Yah, it really gets on my tits.

            Just like human wishes he could do.

    2. Neilo

      @Spud1: welcome to the curse of the coping class. You have no recourse to protest and if you’re lucky enough to earn a decent salary, why you’re not better than a robber baron and your income must be subject to a laughably nebulous levy or ‘wealth tax’*

      *Copyright of some doddery aul’ dose from West Belfast who was dribbling into a Montrose mic on this subject in recent weeks

    3. LW

      I suppose there is a slight difference between real current children and future theoretical children. I also suppose that you’re right, these people shouldn’t protest as you are also unhappy with your current lot. Everyone should just accept things as they are!

  3. Davey T

    I would love to live in Dublin city centre, but unfortunately, I have been working the last few years, and so could not afford it.

  4. Anne

    What alternative have they been offered I wonder? Another hotel I suppose.

    They have my full support in any event.. I hope they become a thorn in the side of this outgoing gov.

    1. Rob_G

      Well, their housing would be the responsibility of Dublin City Council, which is headed by Sinn Féin, if I’m not mistaken, so I don’t see how this could be the fault of the govt (though I imagine people will try to blame it on them, anyway).

      1. Anne

        “their housing would be the responsibility of Dublin City Council, which is headed by Sinn Féin”
        Come again?

    2. Harry Molloy

      Why would you offer your full support without knowing the facts?

      Don;t mean to pick on you Annie but this is a perfect example of people supporting just about anything as long as you can beat the government with it, regardless of whether it is right or wrong.

      This worries me, if we do end up having a minority govt this place will be an ungovernable hellhole as voters and politicians alike seem to be losing their ability to form objective opinions.

      1. Anne

        “Minority gov” “ungovernable hellhole”.. That’s a lot of whataboutery there.
        If you have any facts that you think I’m not aware of, don’t be afraid to spit um out.

        And it’s Anne, Harold.

  5. landlord class

    How could anyone want to live in Mountjoy Square?
    DCC should be ashamed at how this once beautiful Georgian Square has been let turn into a dump.

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