Seomra Spraoi (& the entire building in 4 Marys Abbey) was closed down by the Fire Authority last night.
At 8pm around 10 Police and 4 Fire Officers arrived to inspect the space. Less than 10 people were present in Seomra Spraoi. The Fire Authority stated that the building did not meet fire safety regulations and closed the building. An hour was negotiated with the Fire Authority to move out any of our stuff we might need whilst we donâ€™t have access to the building. The Fire Authority were, supportive and apologetic, but ultimately had no choice but to close us down.
Phonecalls went out and around 30 people supporters arrived within the hour in solidarity and to help move out stuff we might need.
Around 20 people from the Seomra Spraoi Collective reconvened for an extraordinary general meeting (at midnight). We see this as a temporary setback and obviously agree that weâ€™d like the building to be fire safe. We have booked a fire consultant to see what work needs to be done and will be working with the Fire Authority to get the building re-opened as soon as possible.
Weâ€™ll be having a public meeting on Thursday to keep all the users of the space informed on whatâ€™s going on. Details of time and venue will be posted on Indymedia.
Thanks for your continued support
Seomra Spraoi Collective