High Court refuses extension to Apollo House occupants

The High Court has refused an application for an extension of the court order to have Apollo House vacated today.

The occupants claim the alternative accommodation offered to them is unsafe and unsuitable.

Four days before Christmas, the occupants of the derelict Apollo House in Dublin city centre were given until noon today to leave – a stay described by Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan as unusually long.

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Ross Maguire, who’s acting for some of the 'Home Sweet Home' campaigners, said they intended to comply but he accused the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney of not finding suitable alternatives as promised.

He said some occupants had left Apollo House but returned because they found their alternative accommodation to be “entirely unsuitable.

Meanwhile, around 200 people gathered at Apollo house as the original court deadline expired.

A resident, Mitzalo, told our reporter that the drug problems he has witnessed in other hostels means he won't use them.