Tag Archives: activism

Vulture Landlords: an in depth interview with Desiree Fields

  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. […]

NAMA and the housing crisis

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 […]

The fisherman’s guide to ruining Dublin

At the end of June we attended a public meeting in Dunard Community Centre in Dublin 7. The meeting was a presentation of the ‘D7 Parks’ project, which has come about through the collaboration of Oxmantown Rd. community garden, the Dunard/O’Deaveny Gardens football club and a number of O’Deaveny Gardens residents who are horse enthusiasts. […]

Urban activism in Dublin: from the politicization of urban development to the right to the city?

The idea behind this piece is to give a brief overview of urban politics in Dublin, in part because this is an important history and in part because it is useful in terms of situating urban conflicts and social movements today. Although it is impossible to single out a ‘beginning’ of Dublin’s urban politics, there […]

Contemporary Capitalism seminar series

October/November 2012 We live in a world where there is more wealth in the financial system than in the real economy, where most of the work we do is with our brains rather than our hands and where we are working more than ever without the promise of any security. We need to understand this […]

The Mortgage Holders Platform 3: resisting the financialization of housing

This is the third in a series of posts on the Mortgage Holders Platform (Platforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca, or PAH), a Spanish movement of people in danger of being evicted because they cannot pay their mortgages. In the first and second blog posts we looked at the background to the PAH in terms of […]

Activist research: workshop on collective research for social change

Where: Seomra Spraoi When: 14th of July, 3pm-6pm How: register by emailing mickbyrne@gmail.com What: Effective activism or political organisation requires an understanding of the world around us and the kinds of issues and struggles we want to intervene in. But everyday life, government policies or forms of power that go on around these issues are usually […]