Little cheer for family left in dark
Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00
A COUPLE and their two grandchildren have been left without heat or electricity for days.
It won't be a good start to the new year for Patrick Ward (62) and Rose (61) from Basin Lane Flats near St James's Hospital in Dublin who have been living in dark, freezing conditions since Wednesday.
There was a flood in the building because of a burst pipe on Sunday and since the initial deluge there is still water dripping from a flat above.
The water has damaged the fuse box in the couple's home and on Wednesday they were plunged into darkness due to a power cut.
The couple have lived in the three-bed flat for seven years without ever missing a rent payment.
Their two grandchildren Stephen (15) and Christopher (7) have lived with them since they were babies.
The freezing, damp conditions mean the two children have to stay with a neighbour each night.
Despite the ESB and the city council coming to the flat on several occasions nothing has been done.
The council gave the family the number of a hotel where they could stay but the phone has rung out.
Mr Ward and his wife are on disability allowances. Kind neighbours have been bringing them flasks of soup and hot drinks.
"I'm not worried about me. It's the children I'm worried for and my wife has developed a cough from the damp," Mr Ward said.
"We're freezing and I'm very, very angry," he added.
Dublin City Council was unavailable for comment.