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Home Sweet Home co-founder no longer allowed entry to Apollo House

Quentin Sheridan originally founded the group in October.

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ONE OF THE original founders of Home Sweet Home – the collective which occupied a vacant Nama building in Dublin city – is no longer allowed access to Apollo House.

TheJournal.ie has learned that Quentin Sheridan (40) is no longer being granted entry into the building.

The homelessness activist said his name has been taken off the list of people who are allowed entry to the former office building located on Poolbeg Street in Dublin’s south inner city.

Sheridan is the original founder of the Home Sweet Home Facebook group, which was started on 26 October of this year.

Sheridan – himself a homeless man – founded the group with the stated goal of ensuring that there is a “home sweet home for every homeless person bold enough to fight for their rights”.

A spokesperson for the Apollo House occupiers said they could not confirm what permissions Sheridan now has in terms of access to the building.

The group has grown significantly since the campaign began, and now includes members from the Irish Housing Network, several high-profile celebrities and many volunteers and is supported by the Mandate and Unite trade unions.

It came to public prominence when a group of activists occupied the Nama-controlled Apollo House in order to provide housing for the homeless.

Apollo House now sleeps up to 40 homeless people per night, and activists say the campaign has hundreds of volunteers offering a range of services.

Home Sweet Home yesterday launched its Emergency Housing Plan, which calls on the government to declare a national housing emergency.

The Occupiers have until 12 noon this coming Wednesday to vacate the building on the back of a High Court order.

Read: “This is not living it’s just existing”: Apollo House volunteer on her struggle to find a home

Read: “I think people are very angry”: Protesters call for action on homelessness in Dublin march

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