Sunday 22 October 2017

'No surprise housing promise broken'

Cheryl Barnewell and her sons Clayton, 9, and Rocco, 2 Picture: Arthur Carron
Cheryl Barnewell and her sons Clayton, 9, and Rocco, 2 Picture: Arthur Carron
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A homeless mother, who was told to seek refuge in a Garda station as an alternative to sleeping rough, said she is not surprised promises to end emergency accommodation in hotels this month never materialised.

Former housing minister Simon Coveney said it was "a big priority" when he vowed in March to end the practice of providing emergency accommodation for homeless families in hotels by July 1.

But his successor Eoghan Murphy conceded there are still "a number of homeless families in hotels as we enter July".

Finglas hairdresser Cheryl Barnewell (26) and her family were among a dozen homeless families who were told by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) to present themselves at a Garda station for their own protection after being unable to secure emergency accommodation at a hotel or B&B.

Cheryl and her husband Glen Concannon (26) and their children Clayton (9) and Rocco (2), now have a roof over their heads - having secured temporary accommodation.

However, Ms Barnewell said their interim one-bed accommodation at a house on South Circular Road was far from ideal.

"But at least I don't have to get up every morning and wonder where I'm going that night," she said.

Speaking about the failure to meet the emergency accommodation deadline she said; "I'm not surprised at all it never materialised."

The family are waiting for permanent housing.

Irish Independent

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