Apollo House occupiers agree to meet owners

Dec 21, 2016, 00:58
Apollo House occupiers agree to meet owners

However, the activists say they are open to talks but are not leaving.

The former civil service office block on Poolbeg Street was occupied late last week by the group, whose high-profile supporters include actor Saoirse Ronan, director Jim Sheridan and musicians Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey, Christy Dignam and Liam O Maonlai and others.

Glen Hansard is hosting a sing-along in Dublin this afternoon. The property is listed on NAMA's commercial portfolio after its owners' loans of around €340 million ($353mn) were transferred to the agency.

Their barrister told the court there were serious health and safety concerns as the building was not suitable for residential use and now has no fire insurance cover.

The concert happened as news broke that receivers appointed over Apollo House have launched a High Court action aimed at regaining possession of the property.

Now Dublin City Council has given the revamp of Apollo House the go ahead after the height of the building was lowered.

Father Peter McVerry said he applauds the campaigners who have taken over Apollo House on Tara Street, but that he will not be joining them. In February, the EU's economics chief described Ireland's economic performance as "brilliant and balanced".

The campaign has received an overwhelming show of support from the general public, raising more than €114,000 ($118,500) in five days through a GoFundMe page.

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