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13 families are fighting eviction from emergency accommodation in Dublin today

The families have been living in emergency accommodation on Mountjoy Street in north Dublin.

homeless2 Source: Facebook

A DEMONSTRATION IS taking place on Mountjoy Street on Dublin’s northside this morning in protest at the proposed eviction of 13 families who have been living in emergency accommodation there.

The families were last week served with a notice stating that they were to be evicted today, election day, on 18 February.

The stated reason for the eviction is an increase in the property’s rent which Dublin City Council (DCC) couldn’t match.

homeless3 Source: Facebook

The protest is taking place outside the property at 54-55 Mountjoy Street from 11am today.

The Irish Housing Network have issued the following demands on foot of the demonstration:

  • That the families be allowed to stay in the accommodation, or be provided with alternative accommodation with full tenants’ rights
  • That DCC engage with the campaign as a whole rather than the families individually

As the residents are in emergency accommodation they do not receive protection under tenants’ rights law.

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DCC Response

A spokesperson for DCC told TheJournal.ie that the city’s Central Placement Service (CPS) has spent the last two weeks seeking to find “suitable alternative accommodation for the households who are affected by this situation”.

“Alternative offers of accommodation have been made to all households,” they said.

A number of households have moved into accommodation, with a minimum number in further discussions with the local authority on accommodation offers made.

mountjoy street Mountjoy Street, Dublin Source: Google Maps

DCC has said it is “not in a position to comment” about its contractual arrangement with the Mountjoy Street landlord.

125 newly homeless families presented themselves to the city’s homeless executive in January.

769 families were in homeless services in Dublin in the last week of January.

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