Monday 24 October 2016

Mother accused of making herself and her son homeless to get on local authority housing list, court hears

Published 03/02/2016 | 09:36

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A Mother has been accused of making herself and her son homeless to get on the local authority housing list a court has heard.

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Her ex-partner has also alleged the mother exaggerated their son’s medical condition to secure a special needs assistant and said the woman could have lived with her mother.

The case was heard at the Dublin District Family Court yesterday.

The woman receives €270 in social welfare and €37.50 in child support from her ex partner applied to the court for an increase in Child maintenance – so to allow her son take swimming lessons to improve his mobility due to a medical condition.

She said that her ex partner had refused to bring their child for a haircut and that she had been forced to take a loan to buy a car to bring the child to school and to physiotherapy for his medical condition.

Since 2014, the woman said she had become homeless and spent two months living in a hotel.

She said, “Do you really think I’d make my son out to be sicker than he is?”

Her ex partner said the child’s health “is 100pc” and that the child is very active.

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