Home Sweet Home High Court Judgement “A moral victory” says Sinn Fein’s Eoin Ó Broin TD
Speaking from the High Court this evening Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD said that the judgement by Justice Paul Gilligan was a moral victory for the Home Sweet Home occupation of Apollo House.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The judgement by Justice Paul Gilligan at the High Court this evening to grant Home Sweet Home a stay until January 11th to provide emergency accommodation for 40 people is a moral victory.
“In his decision Justice Gillian accepted Home Sweet Home’s argument that there was not sufficient appropriate emergency accommodation for those in need and that immediate closure of Apollo House would result in people sleeping rough.
“While campaigners will be disappointed that the decision was only a stay it nonetheless vindicated those activists and artists who took the decision to occupy Apollo House last week.
“Ordinary citizens should not have to take the law into their own hands to ensure that no person sleeps rough. Unfortunately the failure of government to provide sufficient housing and appropriate emergency accommodation forced those behind Home Sweet Home to act.
“In taking the bold step to occupy Apollo House, Home Sweet Home has given hope to people. They have provided people with not just beds but dignity. They have shown that people care and are not willing to stand idly by even when government fails to do its job. They have received overwhelming public support.
“Sinn Féin will continue to support the Home Sweet Home campaign and occupation until such time as government ensures that safe and appropriate emergency accommodation in provided to those who need it.
“Ultimately however, people need homes and this means greater investment in public housing and stringer regulation of the rental market.”