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Protesters take over NAMA-owned building and open it to the public

The Unlock NAMA group has taken over a building in Dublin’s city centre this morning – and plans to open more of NAMA’s buildings to the public.

Members of Unlock NAMA inside the Great Strand Street building today
Members of Unlock NAMA inside the Great Strand Street building today
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ANTI-NAMA PROTESTERS have taken over a property believed to be owned by the bad bank and have opened it up to the public for today.

Members of Unlock NAMA, a campaign to use NAMA buildings for social and community purposes, are currently in a building at 66-67 Great Strand Street in Dublin 1.

The group says that the building was formerly owned by a property developer and is now under NAMA ownership.

“This is about lifting the veil of secrecy around NAMA and making the buildings available to the public,” Mick O’Broin, a member of the group told TheJournal.ie today.

“Some of the buildings owned by NAMA have no commercial use and probably will never be sold, so its’s a no-brainer to give them a social and community use,” he said.

The group is holding a number of talks and discussions in the building until 6pm this evening examining the “unmitigated failure” of NAMA and alternative approaches.

The occupation of the building is the first step in a campaign by the group to highlight NAMA’s assets, which are not fully publicly known, to draw attention to the debt the agency has created and to work to develop alternatives.

“While NAMA is trying to make public funds available to bail out private banks, Unlock NAMA is going to help make public buildings available to the public,” said Gillian Barden of the group, adding:

We’re going to be the watchdog NAMA doesn’t want

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