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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Home Sweet Home denies it dumped donated furniture

The waste truck shown in the video
The waste truck shown in the video

Home Sweet Home has rejected claims by one of its former activists that donated furniture and other supplies were dumped weeks after their occupation of Apollo House came to an end.

The claims were made by Quentin Sheridan, who says he was one of the founders of the Home Sweet Home group that formed part of the Irish Housing Network.

Home Sweet Home took over the empty office block, Apollo House, and opened it up to homeless people over Christmas.

Tipped

The group was ordered to vacate the premises by court order last month.

This week, Sheridan posted a video to his Facebook page which shows furniture and other material being tipped into a large truck owned by a waste recycling company. The truck is parked outside Apollo House.

On the video, Sheridan says leather furniture, fridges, freezers, cookers and ovens were dumped.

He can be heard on the recording saying that the goods should have been given to another charity, and branded the situation "a complete shambles".

"The Irish Housing Network don't know what to do with it. They're throwing out furniture, clothing and other stuff that was donated to them, without the permission of the founder, Quentin Sheridan," he says on the recording.

He laid the blame with Home Sweet Home.

But the group has rejected Sheridan's claims, saying anything left behind after it vacated Apollo House and which was in good condition was distributed to different charities. What Mr Sheridan witnessed, the group says, was broken and unusable material being taken away.

"It's not true to say that there was wastage. That is a misrepresentation of the what was going on," said Rosie Leonard of Home Sweet Home.

"The food materials were given to charities like the Inner City Helping Homeless, the St Vincent de Paul and Crosscare, as well as volunteer soup kitchens.

Convictions

"Other items were given to the Dublin Central Housing Action group."

The relationship between Sheridan and the Irish Housing Network broke down during the occupation of Apollo House.

Sheridan, who has 39 convictions and was previously imprisoned for terrorising a woman with a seven-inch bread knife, left Apollo House after falling out with organisers.

Ms Leonard said Sheridan was "part of the original group of people involved" in taking over Apollo House. The group has previously denied he was a "founder".

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