Following an application to the High Court by the receivers for Apollo House yesterday to have occupiers removed, the court has heard the Home Sweet Home campaigners don’t believe there are enough beds in Dublin city for the homeless.
The musician Glen Hansard is among four of the campaigners challenging an application for an order to have Apollo House vacated.
Ross Maguire SC, who is representing Glen Hansard and three other Home Sweet Home campaigners, told Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan the consequence of a court order to vacate Apollo House would “unreasonably” render the occupants homeless a claim dismissed by Rossa Fanning SC, who is representing the NAMA appointed receivers.
Earlier this morning, Ross Maguire SC told the court he was taking instructions from those occupying the building and he needed a little time to take those instructions and indicate to the court who he was appearing for.
Lawyers for the receivers said they had found it difficult to affix the court papers to the gates of Apollo House as directed by the court, as there was a large concert at the building at lunchtime yesterday.
Rossa Fanning SC said it was 6.45pm in the evening before the papers were served.
He asked the court registrar to call any people occupying Apollo House. There was no response from anyone in court.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said it appeared there was no one in court who was currently occupying Apollo House.
He granted a short adjournment, but he said he would need to know who Mr Maguire’s clients were, and if people occupying the building were in court.
Mr Justice Gilligan said there would be “no speeches” in the matter.
Mr Fanning said he had instructions in relation to alternatives for those sleeping in Apollo house.
The case resumed at 11am and Mr Maguire told the High Court that he represented four people.
He said Apollo House had residents in it and there were also others who had brought that situation about but were not often physically present.
Mr Maguire said his clients were Aisling Hedderman, Brendan Ogle, Glen Hansard and Carrie Hennessy.
He said all four had sworn documents for the court and he also had a sworn document from homeless campaigner, Father Peter McVerry.
Mr Maguire said his clients and Fr McVerry roundly rejected the contention by the receivers that there was no shortage of beds for those who were homeless last night or tonight.
Mr Maguire said it was difficult to dispute that the occupiers of the building were trespassing, but he said the orders sought by the receivers would result in people having to sleep on the streets and he said there were bigger issues of law to be dealt with.
The case continues…