Below is a set of photographs from this morning’s activity at the Unlock NAMA building on Great Strand Street, Dublin 1. I’ll stick up another report later on the meetings, which will be take place as below:
12 noon: Conor McCabe (author of Sins of the Father) on NAMA and Property Speculation in Ireland
2.30pm: Andy Storey (lecturer in politics and international relations) and Michael Taft (research officer, UNITE) on the Anglo: Not Our Debt campaign
4pm: Unlock NAMA: What buildings does NAMA have and how can we identify and gain access to them?
The building has an interesting history, dating back to the mid 19th century. It was originally opened by J Edmundson, a member of the Religious Society of Friends, as a Quaker’s Institute. From the 1870’s, the Strand Street institute became one of the few educational centres in Dublin not administered by the Catholic church.
The building now belongs to… or lately belonged to Hugh O’Regan, an investor in the Morrison Hotel, just around the corner. The building has since fallen into disrepair, despite its valuation of €20 – €25 million. In todays markets, can anyone see it going for anywhere near that amount? Especially given the state of the place… There’s a hole in the roof that has been left untreated, leaving rainwater to soak through three stories… Given the city’s homeless epedemic and with community groups crying out for space, seeing the building like this is stomach turning.
We here at CHTM! have spoken out several times against the wanton destruction of this city’s beautiful architectural heritage in the name of “progress.” The next few years are going to be challenging in that the danger no longer lies in careless developers re-writing this city’s skyline, rather than in buildings themselves falling into such a state of dereliction, that should this “recession” (God I hate that word) ever lift, that all they are fit for is bulldozing.
Unlock NAMA is a campaign to access NAMA properties for social and community use and to hold NAMA to account. While NAMA is all about giving public money to private banks, we want to make public buildings available to the public.
NAMA’s bank bailout has been a complete failure: the banks have needed more hand outs and even nationalization yet they still are not lending… for more information, please check out: http://www.facebook.com/UnlockNAMA