Friday 30 September 2016

Mum fears eviction will delay care for son (4)

Barry Lennon

Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30

Mother-of-three Gillian Murphy from Tyrrelstown protesting outside the Dáil yesterday (Photo: Damien Eagers
Mother-of-three Gillian Murphy from Tyrrelstown protesting outside the Dáil yesterday (Photo: Damien Eagers

Tyrrelstown resident Gillian Murphy said she fears that losing her home will mean that her autistic son will be put to the end of a waiting-list for treatment.

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Ms Murphy is one of 40 families in the Cruise Park estate facing eviction after an investment firm purchased the development loan for the estate as part of a deal with indebted property developers.

The residents demonstrated yesterday as the Oireachtas housing and homeless committee met and called on the newly elected Government and Housing Minister Simon Coveney to intervene.

Ms Murphy's son Tyler (4) was diagnosed with ADHD and autism in February, just before she received an eviction notice.

By leaving Dublin 15, where she says there are very few houses, he will be put to end of list in a new area.

Tyler is also due to join his brother Jayden (5) in the local St Luke's National School in September. However, the mother of three says the eviction notice put all of the family's plans on hold.

"The kids are upset, they don't want to leave their friends in school," she said.

"It's hard, we are having sleepless nights, because the only thing (the Government) can do for us is put us up in a hotel if we can't find anywhere.

"(My children) ask us 'will we get a new house?' You tell them 'if we have to leave that, mammy has to a look for a new house.'

"But there are no houses, we have to go live in a hotel. How do you explain that to a four-year-old?"

Irish Independent

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