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Desperate mother of twins (5) who can't afford her rent: 'we could be found dead on the streets. That’s my worst fear'

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Published 20/10/2015 | 09:03

The mother has been unable to find a landlord who will accept rental allowance.
The mother has been unable to find a landlord who will accept rental allowance.

A desperate mother of five-year-old twins fears she will be “found dead on the streets” because she is due to be evicted from her home at Hallowe’en.

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Sarah Murphy (26), from Knocklyon, Dublin, told the Irish Mirror that her rent has increased by 50pc in the last year, and because she can’t afford the increase, she has been issued with a month’s notice to vacate her rented home.

The mother-of-two has been unable to find a landlord who will accept rental allowance, and she fears she will have nowhere to go.

“I’m afraid of being out on the streets with my girls, of them being around people I don’t know.”

“When I heard of that poor man [Alan Murphy] who died on the streets the other day – it’s so devastating. It frightened the life out of me. I kept thinking of what would happen to me and my two daughters on the streets, of how we could be found dead on the streets. That’s my worst fear.”

Last January, Sarah’s rent increased from €975 to €1,200. Next month, it will be raised again to €1,400 – a 50pc hike on last year’s rate – which the mother says she cannot afford.

Sarah has hit out at the Government for not addressing the growing housing crisis.

“There are no landlords willing to take rental allowance. It’s money guaranteed – but 90pc of landlords and agents tell me to not even bother coming to view as I’m on rental allowance.”

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I feel like I’m having a breakdown. I’m trying to keep it together for the girls. My priority is a roof over their heads.”

“I’ve thought of everything, even setting up a tent in a field for the three of us to stay in but I would be afraid of their safety and the cold,” the desparate mother told the Irish Mirror.

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