Dec. 16, 2016, 7:58 a.m.
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Source: Home Sweet Home/YouTubeA GROUP OF people took over a NAMA controlled building in Dublin city centre last night, in order to convert its use into housing for the homeless.The group of about 100 gathered last night under the banner of the Home Street Home group, with the aim of ensuring no homeless people would have to sleep rough this evening.The group occupied the NAMA-controlled Apollo House on Tata Street, which was formerly used by the Department of Social Protection, but was vacated last year.It is due for demolition, with plans for it to be rebuilt as an office block.The group last night included high-profile names such as musicians Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard, actor John Connors and others.let's try shelter ALL the homeless in Dublin for Christmas and beyond @HSHIreland #Dignity— Glen Hansard (@Glen_Hansard) December 16, 2016
Source: Glen Hansard/Twitterlet's try shelter ALL the homeless in Dublin for Christmas and beyond @HSHIreland #Dignity a statement last night, the Irish Housing Network, a broad coalition of housing and homeless activist groups, said that the building would “provide safe and secure accommodation to the most vulnerable people in Irish society, those sleeping on our streets”.“In response to government’s failure to address this crisis, this building has been opened as a last resort,” the group said.In a widely shared Facebook Live video from the scene of Apollo House from actor John Connors, a large group of people can be seen moving through the south inner city following having entered the building. Damien Dempsey can be seen singing a rendition of the Foggy Dew, while others join in.The Home Sweet Home group is a broad coalition of housing groups, trade unions, musicians, actors and artists. It operates in association with the Mandate Trade Union.The Irish Housing Network requested 12 hours of privacy following the occupation of the building last night.The latest rough sleeper count for Dublin found 142 people sleeping on the streets of the has contacted the gardaí and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive for comment.