As a result of the huge housing crisis in London in the late 1980's squatting has become a way of life for many Irish immigrants.

Jim Fahy looks at the squat squalor which many young Irish immigrants have to endure when they arrive in London. Jim also talks to Padraic Kenna, Inishfree Housing Association, London who reads a letter from an Irish emigrant in a London prison. 

The young Irish immigrants interviewed in this report include Eamon Griffin, John Griffin, Pat Griffin, Padraic Kenna and Margaret Conroy. They talk about the poor living conditions in which they live and the lack of opportunities at home in Ireland.

Squatting in residential property became a criminal offence on September 1, 2012 under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.

A RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 May 1989.

Irish Squat in London (1989)
Irish Squat in London (1989)