Irish Times 7th January Occupy Nama: the protesters’ latest strategy.
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Citizens of Cork liberate NAMA building to create a community resource building in the city centre.
On Christmas morning a box was found under the tree on the Grand Parade with a key to the building along with instructions that this building is a gift to the people of Cork, to be used by them for the empowerment and enlivening of the communities of Cork.
The Building is to include:
1. A pop-up charity Café inspired by local restaurnateur Seamus O’Connell, voluntarily run by the young and old, bridging the generation gap.
2. An alternative music school and recording space.
3. A health, healing and nutrition space run voluntarily by experts in their fields.
4. A library and bookshop
5. Free public internet access
6. Open spaces for training and educational purposes and skill sharing
7. Home of the ‘Let’s Get Together’ foundation, offering free counselling and suicide prevention services.
8. Community Creche
Most importantly this building will be used as a true civic space, run by the people, for the people with the resources that belong to the people. Although previously held by NAMA, this building now is returned to the public.
In our cities towns and villages we see empty houses and buildings, resources that should and could be used; The social dividend from NAMA has never materialised. Meanwhile public services are cut in repeated austerity budgets which are destroying the economy and people’s lives, while the state continues to pay out billions to unsecured bondholders.
By liberating this building, the ordinary decent citizens of the nation are taking a stand against elite economic interests. Facilities such as this should not remain derelict eyesores, but should be resources with which we can rejuvenate our communities and inspire people to take control of their own home places.
The centre will be opened on the 23rd of January. An open day in the interim is planed
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