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Saturday 25 March 2017

Pregnant mother-of-five faces eviction just days after she is due to give birth

Julie currently shares the three-bed house with her husband David and their five children, aged between 13 months and and 13-years old. Photo: TV3 Player/Evicted
Julie currently shares the three-bed house with her husband David and their five children, aged between 13 months and and 13-years old. Photo: TV3 Player/Evicted

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A pregnant woman fears she will become homeless just days after her due date.

Julie Brennan (32) from Abbeyleix, Co Laois, is already a mother to five children, including a beautiful set of twins.

She told the Irish Daily Mirror that she has been informed she must vacate the dwelling by March 4, because the house is being placed on the market.

She is due to give birth by cesarean section on February 22.

Julie currently shares the three-bed house with her husband David and their five children, aged between 13 months and and 13-years old.

The concerned mother appeared on TV3's 'Evicted' in December to tell her story.

However she has revealed that her situation recently worsened.

"I got a 56 days notice and I'm due a baby in 40 days," she said.

Julie said she was sterilised after her last child, but after something of "a medical miracle", is again pregnant.

Julie said she is spending her days trawling websites, trying to source alternative accommodation for her family in Abbeyleix.

She explained that the process left her exhausted, and said that she feels she no longer has the energy to search.

Julie described the actions of Bank of Ireland, who are set to repossess the home, as 'greedy'.

She said that there is a cash offer - from a independent donor - to buy the house on her behalf, but the Bank of Ireland, she says, won't discuss that offer, which has been on the table for a number of months.

She and her husband, an employee of Laois County Council, believed that they were entering into a long term lease regarding the house until a receiver told them that they had to vacate the house.

"I can't go on the housing list because my husband is working full-time and I don't meet the requirements.

"I don't qualify for rent allowance either," she said.

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