Saturday 18 November 2017

Apollo House residents get accommodation from Peter McVerry Trust as receivers visit

Glen Hansard, Jim Sheridan, Justin Casey and Brendan Ogle Picture: Gerry Mooney
Glen Hansard, Jim Sheridan, Justin Casey and Brendan Ogle Picture: Gerry Mooney

Eight people living in Apollo House are to consider leaving the city centre base to take up secure accommodation, it has emerged.

They have been offered the six-month placement by the Peter McVerry Trust.

The 40 residents of Apollo House have been offered long-term accommodation with the homeless service. They will have two days to decide if they want to stay in that accommodation.

After those two days if they decide to stay on, their beds at Apollo House will be re-opened for other people in situations of homelessness.

The building, located on Tara Street and Townsend Street, was taken over last week by activists under the "Home Sweet Home Coalition" and offered as accommodation to the homeless.

"People are taking back responsibility. It's given people hope in humanity," Adel, a volunteer with the support team said.


This comes as the receivers of Apollo House, Mazars, visited the building yesterday for the first time. Brendan Ogle, co-founder of Home Sweet Home, said "there were great developments" after the visit of Mazars.

"The receivers and their whole team looked at the building in terms of insurance, in terms of fire and in terms of their expectations in relation to their property rights," Mr Ogle said.

"I don't want to put words into their mouths but we are happy with the meeting. We think they're pleasantly surprised with what they've seen."

Mr Ogle said they haven't thought past Christmas and therefore do not know what will happen in terms of the January 11 eviction date ordered by the High Court on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Mazars said: "The receivers are working with the various parties involved to ensure an orderly resolution as envisaged by the Court."

Volunteer Justin Casey has worked in Apollo House every night since its opening.

"Suitable accommodation is not a bed rolled out on a floor surrounded by 20 other people," he said

Spokesperson for Home Sweet Home, Rosi Leonard, said Residents in Apollo House have been inundated with offers of Christmas dinner from restauranteurs in Dublin.

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