Tuesday 6 December 2016

'They want to hand us something smaller and split us up' - families refuse to quit emergency accommodation

Jane O'Faherty

Published 27/02/2016 | 13:15

Gemma Bradley
Gemma Bradley

Four families ordered to leave their emergency accommodation in Dublin by this weekend have insisted they will stay put "for as long as it takes".

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Thirteen families which lived in the properties on Mountjoy Street were given only seven days' notice by Dublin City Council (DCC) to get out.

Officials told them that a contract agreement between the private owner of the properties and the council was ending yesterday, but the families say the alternative accommodation offered does not meet their needs.

At present, residents say they pay around €30 a week to stay in Mountjoy Street.

Ashling Kenny (32), who lived in the property with her partner and three children, said she had been offered two rooms in an O'Connell Street hotel by the council.

"The council came to us with two separate rooms far away from each other," she told the Herald.

"It's simply not a suitable option."

Storage

Gemma Bradley, who moved to Mountjoy Street with her partner and child in November, said she and the other families affected would stay for as long as possible.

Ms Bradley (21) said: "It was still good because it was a place you could call home, where the kids didn't think they were sleeping in a hotel or a room," she said.

"The rooms are grand in there, and that's why we're fighting for it. They want to hand us something smaller and split us up."

Ms Bradley added that the council advised her to find storage for her belongings ahead of moving out.

"Where have I got money for that?" she said. "I can't aff-ord storage. "With Christmas only been and gone, taking my child's toys away from them and leaving him crying?"

Ms Bradley and her family previously lived in the UK, but had to return to Ireland when their house was repossessed when they could not find a guarantor.

However, she said that the local community have brought food and supplies to support them.

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