https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/other/backlash-as-gardai-respond-to-issues-raised-about-dublin-eviction/ar-AAQ35TE?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531Backlash as Gardai respond to issues raised about Dublin eviction
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There has been significant backlash, and a number of issues have been raised, about the role of Gardai at a protest against an eviction which took place in Dublin on Wednesday.
Images and videos were shared on social media which showed a heavy Garda presence at a building on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin.
A group of people had gathered to protest at the eviction of a number of people who were using the building as a community centre and housing as it had been empty for some time.© Provided by Extra.ie There has been significant backlash, and a number of issues have been raised, about the role of Gardai at a protest against an eviction which took place in Dublin on Wednesday. Pic: Rollingnews.ie
The Community Action Tenants Union (CATU) said that the protest at the building began as members ‘witnessed private security, paid by a landlord, break into a social centre at 23 Prussia Street, Stoneybatter’.
It continued in its statement: ‘Members of An Garda Siochana watched on as the thugs violently evicted the occupants, destroyed people’s property and proceeded to demolish the inside of the premises and render it uninhabitable.
‘The centre, which was previously empty and derelict, had been transformed by the occupants into a much needed social centre for the community. The centre provided community services such as gardening and bike repair workshops and a place where activist groups such as ourselves could meet
‘Most importantly, it was used as housing by several occupants who are now homeless.’
It said that the developers in charge of the property have lodged planning permission to build more than 160 unsustainable build-to-let units.
Gardai came in for heavy criticism for its members part in dealing with protestors who gathered in a bid to prevent the eviction
Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said: ‘I am appalled at the scenes witnessed in Dublin Central today were a group of thugs armed with baseball bats showed up to carry out a violent eviction and to ensure a building in the city was made uninhabitable for the purpose of someone else’s profit.
‘Adding to the anger felt by all who believe what took place today was wrong, is that once again the Gardaì appear to have allocated significant manpower & resources to aid the process of eviction & allow a scenario where people’s property’s could be destroyed without consequence.’
Responding to requests about the incident, A Garda spokesperson said in a statement said that it responded as a property owner was ‘securing a premises’ with a court orde
The statement read: ‘Gardai from the Bridewell attended at a property on Prussia Street Dublin this morning where a property owner, in compliance with a court order, was securing a premises and facilitating access to persons to remove personal items.
‘A group of people gathered at the scene, some of whom commenced to engage in purported protest activity.
‘A traffic management operation was put in place and the road was closed temporarily for public safety. The matter has since concluded and the road has fully reopened to traffic.© Provided by Extra.ie A group of people had gathered to protest at the eviction of a number of people who were using the building as a community centre and housing as it had been empty for some time. Pic: Rollingnews.ie
‘No arrests were made at the scene and there was no reports of any injuries, however An Garda Síochána will carry out further investigations into certain activities arising from the incident.
‘An Garda Síochána has no further comment and no Garda spokesperson is available.’