Thursday 26 April 2018

Mothers left 'gutted' by response to housing crisis

Melissa Rothwell at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Melissa Rothwell at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

Rachel Lavin

A group of homeless mothers has vowed to take further action after being left extremely disappointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny's response to the housing crisis.

Parents, mainly homeless mothers living with their children in hotel rooms, watched Leaders' Questions from the viewing gallery in the Dáil yesterday, as TD Ruth Coppinger called for more social housing to be built and a national emergency over the homelessness crisis to be declared.

The group - many of whom took part in the occupation of new houses under construction in Castleknock, Dublin, last week - said they were disappointed by the response from the Taoiseach, who has promised an initial 150 modular units as part of the Capital Plan.

"These are the Magdalenes now of this generation, who are being left, dumped, not cared for by the State," said Ms Coppinger. The group called for a national day of protest and more occupations.

Homeless mother Amy Brennan (22) said she was "gutted" and "sick to my stomach" over Mr Kenny's response.

Melissa Rothwell (24) added: "I'd love one of them to change positions with me, even for a week. They wouldn't last with their kids, living out of bags."

Irish Independent

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