Dublin eviction resisted
At least 30 people, local supporters, members of the Housing Action Campaign and of Sinn Féin, gathered on Tuesday morning, 21 March, to greet the Dublin city sheriff, who was due to evict tenants from two flats in Crumlin - Brendan and Nicola and their four-month-old baby, and Bernice and her daughter from another flat.
The sheriff was coming round to take possession of the Landsdowne Valley flats at the behest of Thomas Quinn, property developer and owner of the apartment complex at Slievebloom Road in Crumlin, who wants vacant possession.
Thomas Quinn was refused planning permission to build two additional floors onto the three apartment buildings in the complex. There are 53 flats in the estate, which are pleasant inside and in good repair. Most of the tenants have been bullied out, smashed doors, windows, break-ins, fear. Only 11 tenants remain.
Since the Housing Action Campaign came to the people's aid, the corporation put in an offer to Quinn. He rejected it. It wasn't enough. ``The greed of these developers knows no bounds'' said Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh, who came to keep the sheriff out.
``The council say they haven't accommodation, yet they let all these flats go. They should compulsorily purchase the property immediately, put a stop to Quinn's cantrups with the sheriff, refurbish and rebuild the flats. All that is needed is a majority vote on the council.
Meanwhile it's a battle of nerves for the tenants, with the sheriff expected any minute.