A trust connected to the trade union Unite applied to be exempted from social housing for a development at its former headquarters on Merrion Square in Dublin while one of its top officials was planning the occupation of Apollo House in the city centre last month.
Unite's application for a Social Housing Exemption Cert was granted
by Dublin City Council on 16 December, the day after its official
Brendan Ogle gained access to Apollo House to begin a four-week
occupation by homeless people and volunteers.
A group called Hands Off The Homeless, which held a demonstration
outside the building, have reacted angrily to news it was lying empty
during the occupation of Apollo House.