Friday 23 June 2017

Rent caps 'are useless nonsense', say family living in hotel after losing home

Colin Dunne (6), from East Wall, Courtney Kenny (6), from Clontarf, Colin’s sister Layla Dunne (5), and Courtney’s brother Matthew McGuinness (3) at the Christmas party in Coolock. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Colin Dunne (6), from East Wall, Courtney Kenny (6), from Clontarf, Colin’s sister Layla Dunne (5), and Courtney’s brother Matthew McGuinness (3) at the Christmas party in Coolock. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Gavin White

The father of a family in emergency accommodation has described the proposal for new rent caps "complete nonsense and useless".

Eoin Donegan (28) has been living in one bedroom in a Tallaght hotel on the south side of Dublin with his partner Aisling Freer (28) and their two children Adam (8) and Rebecca (6) since September.

Leroy Cummins (7), from Santry, in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Leroy Cummins (7), from Santry, in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The hotel the family are living in is the first "long-term accommodation" they have secured after being forced out of the rental market.

"After five years in rental accommodation our landlord was forced to sell during the recession so we had to leave and high interest mortgages don't help us either," Mr Donegan said.

"A house in south Dublin will cost €1,800 per month and that's not including the queue of 70 people down the road trying to get it.

"I knew a case of a house originally going for that, but then by the end it went for €2,400.

Brother and sister Adam (8) and Rebecca (6) Freer, from Tallaght, in Dublin, at the party. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Brother and sister Adam (8) and Rebecca (6) Freer, from Tallaght, in Dublin, at the party. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"The new rental caps are complete nonsense and useless. I would really like to see security for leases for people who are renting."

Mr Donegan is currently seeking employment while his partner Aisling works full-time in the retail sector, often working anti-social hours.

Support

"We moved in in September and my partner finds it really difficult with her late working hours," Mr Donegan said.

Volunteer sisters Katie Byrne from Templeogue and Krista from Lucan at the Irish Housing
Network Christmas party supported by Inner City Helping Homeless at Ayrfield Communit y
Centre in Coolock in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Volunteer sisters Katie Byrne from Templeogue and Krista from Lucan at the Irish Housing Network Christmas party supported by Inner City Helping Homeless at Ayrfield Communit y Centre in Coolock in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"In some ways we are lucky to get some food provided, but Aisling is unlucky because she would come home having worked 1-9 and therefore would miss dinner all the time."

Mr Donegan spoke to the Irish Independent at a Christmas party organised by activists for families in emergency accommodation.

The organisers of the party held in north Dublin said they were "completely blown away by the level of support and help from people".

Ann Farrelly from the Fingal Housing Crisis Committee said "we even got a donation from a woman who gave us her card and the details for it to go out and spend €500 on presents for children".

The party at the Ayrfield Community Centre, Coolock, had over 200 people at it where children living in emergency accommodation had the opportunity to receive a multitude of presents from Santa as well indulge in lots of treats.

The event was coordinated by David Norton of the North Dublin Bay Support group who have helped 150 families in emergency accommodation.

Irish Independent

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