Tuesday 22 August 2017

Homeless mum horrified after she was 'locked into hotel full of drug users' with her two kids

Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is being used to house homeless families. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is being used to house homeless families. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Zainab Boladale

A mother-of-two has criticised the lack of support and basic accommodation necessities she received following their allocation to Lynams hotel by Dublin City Council earlier this week.

Robyn Christie (26) told RTÉ’s Liveline that her two children aged two and seven-years-old were told by Dublin City Council that they had to stay at Lynams hotel despite the fact that there was no running water.

When she refused to go back the following day “they just said that’s where you’re booked in and that’s where you’re staying,” she said.

“As soon as the man let me in, he locked and chained up the front door behind me. I actually thought I was in the scene of a movie. I got the fright of my life.

“There was no uniform there on anyone”.

Last night she was allocated a room in a place that was "full of drug users".

"In a normal life, I wouldn't have my children around these people,” she said.

Robyn said she became homeless in May after her rented apartment in Clontarf was sold. She added that she often spends the night with friends and family but that nobody has any room.

She added that her daily life involves her making “thirty to forty calls”  trying to sort out where they would be staying for the night.

"My friend said we could have the car in the garden and she’d give us blankets.

“The only chance I have is just to keep going, hoping that someday I'll have somewhere to live,” Robyn said.

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