Housing activists will continue protest despite arrests

Housing activists will continue protest despite arrests
Housing activists who occupied the council chamber of Cork City Hall - they also plan to stage a protest before tonight’s Cork County Council meeting.

HOUSING activists who occupied the council chamber at City Hall said they will continue to protest despite being arrested yesterday.

Three of the group were brought to the Bridewell Garda Station having failed to leave City Hall when requested to do so by gardaí.

However, the group say they will not be deterred by their arrest, returning to City Hall yesterday evening to take part in a demonstration outside the building.

A number of protestors, including County Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, called for the housing crisis to be declared a national emergency and for the State to set up a national emergency committee to deal with it.

The activists occupied City Hall from about 11am to 3pm, when three of the group were arrested. They were processed and released without charge before returning to City Hall to take part in a protest about the housing crisis.

Tony Walsh, a spokesperson for the Housing Action Group, said that he will continue to protest despite his arrest. “If I get sent to jail for doing the right thing, so be it,” he said.

“It will take people standing together to change things in this country.”

A Garda spokesperson said: “Shortly after noon, a number of people entered the chambers of Cork City Hall. Having failed to leave when requested by Gardaí, three people were subsequently arrested under the Public Order Act and taken to the Bridewell Garda Station, Cork. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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