A call for empty NAMA buildings to be given social & community use.http://www.unlocknama.org/
We have temporarily occupied a NAMA-owned building in Dublin city centre to launch a new campaign that aims to lift the veil of secrecy from the controversial agency. The building is 66-67 Great Strand Street in Dublin 1 (Go to this page for more information).
A day of events and talks by academics and authors at the re-opened building from 12 noon on Saturday (January 28th, 2012) will focus on the "unmitigated failure" of NAMA and look at alternatives. The Unlock NAMA campaign wants to make empty NAMA buildings available for social and community use, to reveal details of all NAMA properties and assets and to challenge the culture of debt.
The address of the occupied building will be revealed on Saturday at 9.30am at facebook.com/unlocknama and @unlocknama on twitter. Unlock NAMA has three main demands:
1) Make NAMA properties available for social and community use
2) Publish full addresses and details on all properties under NAMA
3) Publish full details on all sales of NAMA assets
ANTI-NAMA PROTESTERS have vowed to continue their campaign after their occupation of a building said to be owned by Nama was ended by gardaí.http://www.thejournal.ie/unlock-nama-bu ... 2-Jan2012/
Activists from the Unlock NAMA campaign had taken over the building at 66-67 Great Strand Street in central Dublin and used it for public talks and meetings earlier today.
However, garda officers arrived to clear the premises this afternoon. After a brief meeting, the protesters made the decision to leave peacefully.
“They said it was private property and we had no right to be there,” Unlock NAMA spokesperson Moira Murphy told TheJournal.ie. “We were given an hour to clean up. We’re all out of the building now.”
She said more than 50 people had attended the protest, and it was now planned to repeat the operation in other locations.
“It’s been a success even though it wasn’t the outcome we anticipated,” she said. “We’re hoping to expand the project, get more people involved, and show people how to identify Nama buildings in their local areas.”
According to Murphy, gardaí told protesters that the building was not controlled by Nama. She said their information showed that it was.
A garda spokesperson would only confirm that it was a “privately owned building”. Protesters had departed peacefully, there were no arrests and no investigation was under way, he added.
Another member of the group told TheJournal.ie earlier today that the protest was about “lifting the veil of secrecy around NAMA and making the buildings available to the public,” adding: “It’s a no-brainer to give them a social and community use.”
The prompt actions of An Garda Síochána in the above matter seem to contrast quite starkly with their not so prompt actions in other related matters...