Campaigners outside the Apollo House Building.
Just down the street from our Graphic Mint studio, the Home Sweet Home campaigners have gathered, to occupy the vacant Apollo House building. Located on Tara St, Dublin 2, Apollo House has come to the forefront of Irish media and politics over the last number of days. The building is currently owned by Nama, and due for demolition. However, a group of campaigners want to convert the building into accommodation for the homeless people of Dublin.
The group called ‘Home Sweet Home’ includes representatives from the Irish housing network and trade unions. Their aim is to eventually house 30 homeless people on the site.
On Thursday the 15th of December, the first five people stayed in the building. As Glen Hansard, a supporter of the Home Sweet Home movement, stated on RTE’s Late Late Show on Friday evening, “We are involved in an act of civil disobedience”. Despite this, the group have gathered a huge amount of support from the public, both on the street and on social media. This is a great result and all down to the hard work and dedication of the campaigners. Home Sweet Home is supported by celebrity figures such as Kodaline, Hozier, Glen Hansard and Christy Moore.
Good job guys, keep it up! #EndHomelessnessNow
In the video above are TD Bird Smith, TD Richard Barrett, Councillor John Lyons and Activist Dean Scurry.