Let’s talk about one week in Dublin city. Last Wednesday, a group of men arrived at a mostly derelict yard on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter in Dublin to evict people who were seeking to both live in it, and transform the site into a community resource.
The nascent squat, known as Sunnyvale, or That Social Centre, had flown under the radar since the site was occupied in September, when the collective posted a message on social media: “We have occupied an empty corner of Stoneybatter. Houses, warehouses, caravans, buddleia [butterfly bush], and wide open space. What more could you want? It’s time once again to take a space that has been left to rot by profiteers, and turn it into a place of energy, community and resistance.