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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 […]

This PA system facing in all four directions is used to call the community of Arocagua (Bolivia) together for mobilizations, collective work and celebrations

Originally written for Focus: Action for Global Justice. Back in February, Comhlámh hosted a First Wednesday debate which put the ongoing resistance to water charges and Irish Water into a global context of popular struggles for water justice. The evening debate ‘From El Alto to Edenmore’ opened with a screening of Muireann De Barra and Aishling […]

Originally posted on Ireland after NAMA:
We have heard a lot about the crisis in Dublin’s rental sector in recent months. On the surface, a lack of properties for sale or to let on the market has contributed to rising rents and the crisis of homelessness. But underneath this, a less visible, though no less…

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This post continues our focus on the new phase of development in the Dublin Docklands. In the past we’ve written about the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), the absence of community participation and the displacement of the local cultural scene by new developments. Here we just provide an overview of the five major new developments […]

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