In Waterford city.
A building has been occupied by a group of housing activists on O’Connell Street.
Take Back The City – Waterford writes:
Following another increase in the number of homeless people, activists in Waterford have said enough is enough and initiated a 24-hour occupation of a vacant building on O’Connell St. The building is the former Presbytery now owned by Waterford City and County Council. This follows a summer of occupations in Dublin.
Local People Before Profit rep Una Dunphy said: ‘Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy issued targets last year, he said Waterford would build 687 new social houses between now and 2021. This is a ridiculously low number but, even so, only 11 social houses were built last year. There are over 3,000 on the housing list in Waterford and it’s growing with many eviction orders before the courts. There is over 110 people homeless in Waterford at present.’
Meanwhile, a public meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13, at 7pm, in the Unite Union Hall, Keyzer Street in Waterford.
Speakers on the night include PBP Rep Una Dunphy, Michelle Byrne, USI Vice-President for Campaigns and an activist from the Dublin Summerhill Occupation and United Against Racism.
Previously: Taking More Back