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“Housing Scam” Protest at Sheldon Hotel, Ballyfermot March 25, 2018

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The Campaign for Public Housing protested today (Sunday 25th) at the Sheldon Hotel in Ballyfermot to highlight the plight of 20 families under threat of homelessness at Larkfield House, Coldcut Road. The owner of the Sheldon Hotel is also the owner of Larkfield House.
South Dublin County Council has suspended paying Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to tenants at Larkfield House due to serious planning irregularities. Planning permission was granted for 27 apartments but 45 were built. The tenants have been left in limbo and are facing the real fear of homelessness.
South Inner City housing activist and campaign spokesperson Damian Farrell said:

“Today’s protest was a continuation of the campaign of disruption promised by the Campaign for Public Housing. We are determined to target those who profit from the misery of homelessness”

Campaign spokesperson Cllr. Paul Hand said:

“One of the directors of Cavvies Ltd., the company who built and let the ‘Larkfield House’ apartments on Coldcut Road without planning permission, owns the Sheldon Park Hotel. We want his customers to show him that this carry on is not acceptable and will hit him where it hurts – in this pocket”

Campaign spokesperson and East Wall community activist Joe Mooney said:

“The purpose of our Campaign is to ensure that those who are causing the housing crisis – government, banks, estate agents, developers and rouge landlords – are not allowed to continue with ‘business as usual. While thousands of children live in emergency accommodation we will NOT allow the situation to be normalised.

Housing activist and spokesperson for the campaign David Gardiner said:

“Our campaign believes that the creation of a new system of universally accessible public housing is the only way to solve the housing crisis. That means providing public housing for anyone who wants it – including the many middle income earners who cannot get a mortgage. Proper provision of public housing is the solution to the problem of rouge landlords and their agents.

Who Are The Campaign for Public Housing?

The Campaign for Public Housing is an alliance of political parties, independent elected representatives, trade unions and local housing action groups. We believe the housing crisis is the direct creation of successive right-wing governments, who poured money into subsidising private developers and landlords, while at the same time defunding social housing – and that the solutions our government are proposing are simply more of the same.

Our core demand is for a new system of Universally Accessible Public Housing. Under such a system the state would use its full legal and financial powers to dramatically increase the pool of public housing through a major ‘build and buy’ programme, and bringing an end to the sell-off of public housing to tenants. By providing public housing to anyone who wants it, we would also put an end to social segregation.

It is possible – with your help! The many successes of the water movement showed us what a large, organised mass campaign of action can achieve. We were told repeatedly that water charges were here to stay – and we changed that.

Facebook.com/CampaignForPublicHousing
Campaign4PublicHousing@gmail.com

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1. dublinstreams - March 27, 2018

“The many successes of the water movement showed us what a large, organised mass campaign of action can achieve. ” How does refusing to pay a charge and delaying/blocking installation road by road equate to convicing the government to change its policy and start building social housing in greater numbers?

“We were told repeatedly that water charges were here to stay – and we changed that.” yeah now the going in the backdoor

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EWI - March 28, 2018

How does refusing to pay a charge and delaying/blocking installation road by road equate to convicing the government to change its policy and start building social housing in greater numbers?

The Government isn’t building *any* social housing. In Dublin city it’s been outsourced/privatised, a model they’re now exporting nationwide. The lack of interest by RTÉ etc. in exposing this reality and holding them to account has been the key contributor to its ‘success’.

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