'I haven't slept ... we can't lose our home now'
Residents of rented houses that face a mass sell-off of properties in Tyrellstown in Dublin said they are frightened at the prospect of losing their family homes.
Mothers and fathers of young families attended a meeting in the local Methodist Centre last night and appealed for help.
"I haven't slept for two nights because I am so stressed since getting the news," said mother-of-one Petra Nacinova (28, right).
"My little girl is only seven months old and we can't lose our home now." Dozens of families in the Cruise Park area face losing their homes as a fund that owns them seeks to sell the properties over the next four years.
Forty families in Cruise Park Drive received notifications their leases will not be renewed. "Myself and my partner were very happy living in our home for the past two years, paying €1,350 a month," Ms Nacinova said.
"I started looking for another home and it's been a disaster. I found nothing."
The meeting was organised by local councillor Paul Donnelly, who said the majority of tenants are non-nationals with families who have children in local schools but will not be able to find other homes locally.
Father-of-three Martin Malinovsky (40, above) said his family have lived in their house for eight years and received a letter telling them they had to leave. He said another family stays in one bedroom of their four-bedroom house and helps pay the €1,300 rent. "All we see for rent are homes for €2,000, which we could never afford," said the lorry driver.