Receivers make legal move to regain possession of Apollo House

Mazars Ireland say the building is, “completely unsuitable for residential use and lacks the most basic facilities needed by those who are homeless"

Receivers make legal move to regain possession of Apollo House

Glen Hansard playing to several hundred members of the public, 20-20-2016. Image: RollingNews

The receivers for Apollo House have moved to have a group of homeless people and campaigners removed from the Dublin city office building.

They applied to the High Court this afternoon for an injunction to have the NAMA owned property vacated.

The activists have been occupying the property since last Thursday and have renamed the building ‘Home Sweet Home.’

They have announced plans to install more beds and extend the facilities - with 35 people currently taking shelter there.

Home Sweet Home spokesperson, Rosi Leonard said the group plans to “continue as normal” in the face of the court summons.

“Our primary concern at the moment is to make sure that this is a home for those who are inside and put them first,” she said. “They are our priority, the residents who are living here and making this their home, everything else comes secondary.”

“We will be contacting the receivers in due course and we are very keen to meet them.

“As for the court summons, we plan to continue as normal and I guess we will deal everything as they present themselves.”

In a statement this afternoon, the receivers for the property - Mazars Ireland - said the building is, “completely unsuitable for residential use and lacks the most basic facilities needed by those who are homeless.”

Mazars partner, Tom O’Brien said the occupation has resulted in the loss of fire insurance cover for the building, “which poses an immediate and significant risk to the occupants and to neighbouring property and occupiers.”

“Notwithstanding the efforts by Home Sweet Home to provide these basic facilities, the building simply does not meet the requirements for a sustainable, safe physical and caring environment,” he said.

Mattress Mick and Irish Film director Jim Sheridan among the group watching singer Glen Hansard perform, 20-20-2016. Image: RollingNews

The Apollo House occupation is backed by a host of well-known Irish musicians and artists.

Oscar winning singer, Glen Hansard joined a number of top names - including Hozier, Kodaline and Liam Ó Maonlaí - in putting on an impromptu performance for hundreds of onlookers from the roof of the building this afternoon.

Speaking at the concert, Ms Leonard said the group will now consult its legal team before deciding how to proceed.

Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan gave Mazars permission to serve notice of their application to remove the activists and residents before 3.30pm this afternoon.

The case is due to return before him tomorrow morning.