Homeless Dubliners head for rural towns
Homeless families from Dublin are preparing to leave the capital forever and settle in some of the most sparsely populated corners of rural Ireland.
Clare based charity Rural Resettlement Ireland (RRI) says it has been contacted by a number of homeless Dublin families in recent weeks, who are currently living in temporary hotel accommodation, paid for by Dublin City Council.
A total of 150 homeless families with more than 300 children are currently living in temporary accommodation in Dublin hotels.
Founder of Rural Resettlement Ireland, Jim Connolly, believes that these families could become a vital resource for rural Irish communities. He says that RRI has been inundated with requests from rural communities wishing to "order" families with children, in order to keep under threat rural schools open.
"I'm talking about people who had a mortgage before the crash, Mr and Mrs Average, who had a mortgage and couldn't keep up with it," he said.