The actions of housing activists occupying vacant buildings in Dublin have once more captured the public imagination and highlighted the ever worsening housing crisis. Just over two weeks ago housing campaigners occupied a building on Summerhill in Dublin’s inner city. Ten days later they were ordered to leave by the high court. But this is not a short term protest. So last Friday they took over a vacant property on North Frederick St and are demanding that Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy uses the powers of the state to Compulsory Purchase (CPO) such private vacant properties and use them for ‘public use’, such as homeless accommodation or apartments for public housing. As a genuinely independent media dedicated to highlighting real alternatives, this Reboot Republic Podcast is recorded directly inside the occupation with two spokespeople from the housing campaign.
These citizens are leading the way. The housing movement is growing. We can all play our part. What better time than now for you to get involved and add your voice to make sure, together, we achieve a housing system that ensures the right to housing – an affordable and secure home – for all.
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