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An office building is now being occupied by homeless activists in Sligo town

The location of the disused office building in the western town is as yet unknown.

sligo Sligo town Source: Google Maps

A DISUSED OFFICE building in Sligo town has been occupied by homeless activists.

The occupation of the building has apparently been inspired by the similar usage of Apollo House in Dublin city centre by homeless activists in recent days.

It’s understood that 13 homeless people spent the night in the building last night.

The location of the building is as yet unknown, with the organisers of the occupation keen to keep its whereabouts a secret for the time being.

The offices have no water or electricity, but are described as being warm with mattresses available for the occupants to use. Food is also being provided for those present.

A local source said that while the occupation is “along the same lines” as what has happened at Apollo House, the stability of the Sligo occupation may be less sound.

“It’s just an old, disused Nama building, although the people involved could leave or they could stay, it’s hard to tell,” the source said.

It’s understood that no action has as yet happened with regard to taking the building back from the occupiers.

A spokesperson for the Apollo House occupation says that, while they are aware of what’s happening in Sligo, as yet they “don’t have very much information” as to the specifics.

“They’re trying to keep it kind of low key for now, but people in Sligo contacted us last night saying they’ve opened up a building which is amazing,” the spokesperson said.

So there was a lot of excitement around that.

TheJournal.ie has contacted Sligo County Council for comment on the situation.

Additional reporting Cormac Fitzgerald

Read: “We’re ready to go in” – Dublin City Council has team on standby to enter Apollo House

Read: ‘Anybody could end up homeless – it could be me or my daughter’: Public support key to Apollo House occupation

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