Saturday 10 December 2016

Homeless families facing eviction from Nama hotel win late reprieve

Published 23/07/2016 | 12:06

Annette Courtney, left, and Karyn Valente, homeless residents of Lynam's Hotel
Annette Courtney, left, and Karyn Valente, homeless residents of Lynam's Hotel

Five homeless families who were due to be evicted from a Dublin hotel won the right to stay in the hotel until August 1.

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The Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is currently being used as emergency accommodation for homeless families has gone into receivership and families are worried about where to go next.

A family of seven are one of the families facing homelessness. Anna Farrell Osawe (41) and her husband Jerry (44) along with their five kids aged between 16 and five-months-old were granted permission to stay at the hotel until August 1 at their own expense.

The family were renting a three bedroom house for €1,100 a month when the owner decided to sell the house and leave them homeless.

The mother-of-five told the Irish Daily Mail that she and her husband were unable to get a mortgage because her husband was on a zero-hour contract as a security guard and she was on a Community Employment programme.

The Lynam Hotel is the third hotel the family have lived in and they have two rooms for the seven of them.

Another family facing eviction is Annette Courtney and her 18-month-old daughter who became homeless in March and “cries every night” over the stress of the situation.

Dublin City Council said: "The Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Dublin City Council are currently in negotiations in relation to Lynam's Hotel. All families have been offered suitable alternative accommodation."

Lynam's has been under the control of receiver Aiden Murphy of Crowe Horwath since last September.

The loans taken out on the property were transferred to Nama but it has no control over how the property is managed or the receivership.

A spokesman for Nama said the city council was told there would be no-one running the hotel as a business from that date and other arrangements should be made for people in emergency accommodation.

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