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This is the second in a short series of posts about new sites of contestation that are emerging outside of the city – the usual focus for Dublin-based activists and social movements. While these sites of contestation are outside of the city, this doesn’t meant that they aren’t intimately connected with the city. Just think […]

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Here’s the text of a talk Mick gave at the anarchist book fair last Saturday. We’ve been interested in forms of self-organising for quite a while now, particularly thinking about the role of concrete practices in generating material social relations in order to foster social change. Here we look at some of these issues in the context of the Dublin Tenants Association. What is the […]

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Nearly all of the articles we publish on this blog have an urban (Dublin) focus. That isn’t really surprising when Dublin is where we live, work, rent, and socialize. More generally the city has been (and continues to be) the site of new and politically significant transformations – particularly the relationships between real estate, the […]

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  The crisis in Ireland’s private rented sector keeps gathering steam, and recent additional regulations introduced by Alan Kelly are not going to make much of a difference. One of the most novel aspects of what’s happening currently is the emergence of a new type of landlord: financial institutions buying cheap real estate and becoming mega-landlords. […]

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The current housing crisis means the need for social housing is greater than ever. And yet, cuts to the funding of social housing over the last few years have reduced output to levels so small it is genuinely hard to believe. New social housing provision by local authorities fell as low as 285 units in […]

What follows is based on a talk given by Mick Byrne at the Housing Emergency and Rights Conference which took place in Liberty Hall on October 3rd, 2015. You can listen to audio from all the talks on the day here and read some reflections on the conference here. NAMA seems in many ways like […]

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These are just some brief reflections from last Saturday’s Housing Rights and Emergency conference. They’re not meant to reflect the day as a whole, but rather my take on what were the main themes that emerged both from the speakers’ inputs and from the discussion in the workshop. Analysis of the crisis While the day […]