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'No more hostels, build more homes': Aungier Street reopens after housing protest

Demonstrators held signs bearing slogans like “homes not hostels”, and “children first”.

Updated Dec 6th 2019, 7:00 PM

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AUNGIER STREET HAS reopened after being closed to traffic by Gardaí due to an anti-homelessness and housing protest taking place.

Demonstrators held signs bearing slogans like “Homes not hostels”, “Children first”, and chanted “no more hostels, build more homes” outside Avalon House, which had been earmarked for Ireland’s largest hostel for rough sleepers.

Those plans were dropped after locals voiced their opposition to the plan; the Peter McVerry Trust announced that it would open a family hub at the site instead of the 150-bed homeless hostel.

The road had been closed in both directions between Dame Street junction to the junction of Wexford Street.

The demonstration took place at the junction by Whitefriar Place, meaning there was no access to George’s Street from Dame Street or Aungier Street from Redmond’s Hill.

AA Roadwatch said that the roads had been reopened.

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