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Homeowner forced to live without electricity or heating in 'shell of a home' for 14 years

David Kearns

Published 15/10/2015 | 17:39

The man has no means to light his home aside from candles - Stock Image
The man has no means to light his home aside from candles - Stock Image

A homeowner in South Dublin has been living for the past 14 years in a three-bed house without electricity or heating.

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The man, who is a regular user of homeless service in Tallaght despite owning a home, says he can not afford his electricity bill and so has been without power for the past 14 years.

The man inherited the private home in Walkinstown from his parents nearly two decades ago.

Moved by his plight, the community-led homeless support group VISIT has begun a campaign to help renovate the man’s home, which they described as “damp, cold and bare”.

“This lovely gentleman owns a shell of a home. It has no facilities. We understood he had no electricity, but what we didn't know is that it's been 14 years.

“None of us can't imagine living all that time with no heating, no cooker, or hot water. Think of how sad that is - living without such basic human necessities.”

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Posting on its Facebook page, the homeless support group said the man had agreed to a restoration project for the barren house.

“No more than 4 cold lonely walls,” they wrote.

“The 1st main priority is to strip the house which will need a skip then have an electrician look at the wiring.

“With that as a start we can look at painting, furniture etc. He's an absolute great guy, in his later year's & to think of him living like that is pretty much equivalent to being on the streets.”

The group is relying on local tradesmen to help with the project and said that it had been overwhelmed by the number of people getting in touch to help with the renovation work.

“Saturday morning we've a project manager heading down with a surveyor. Hopefully we can start early next week,” the group said in an update on its Facebook page.

“VISIT can't thank each and everyone of you enough, even messages from Egypt & Australia.

“Absolutely amazed by the great response - tradesmen of every description willing to donate.”

Those interested in assisting with the refurbishment of the house or who wish to contribute to the project is invited to call VISIT on 0857885945 or message the group through its Facebook page.

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