Thursday 30 March 2017

Disabled boy's mum tells of trauma as family left homeless

Shelley Walsh with her 10-year-old twin sons Damien and Brandon, who has muscular dystrophy Photo: Arthur Carron
Shelley Walsh with her 10-year-old twin sons Damien and Brandon, who has muscular dystrophy Photo: Arthur Carron

Martin Grant

A mother whose son has a severe disability has issued a heartfelt plea for a temporary home after becoming a victim of the housing crisis.

Shelley Walsh (29), from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, has claimed she and her two sons Brandon (10) and Damien (10) - one of whom has Duchenne muscular dystrophy - have been left homeless. Ms Walsh says her landlord informed her in December that she needed to vacate the house because it was going on the property market.

Ms Walsh has praised the landlord for giving the family three extensions - but says she is now left in limbo because the council will not have a specially-adapted house available for another three weeks.

Her young son Brandon suffers from the severe muscular weakness condition and needs to live in a ground-floor house to sleep and use the toilet.

He was diagnosed with the condition when he was five, is fully wheelchair dependent and has a life expectancy in his late 30s. Ms Walsh says her extended family do not have any suitable space to house her children because of Brandon's condition.

"We will be left homeless. We just need somewhere temporary we can stay until we move into the new house," she said.

Ms Walsh said the council had been helpful and secured a house suited to Brandon's disability.

Meath County Council also reduced the original move-in date from six weeks to just three weeks.

However, Ms Walsh does not know what will happen over the coming days. Meath County Council could not be contacted for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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