Wednesday 21 August 2019

Woman challenges suspension from housing list after she twice refused 'reasonable offers'

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Tim Healy

A 66-year-old woman has brought a High Court challenge against Donegal Co Council's decision to suspend her from its housing allocation list.

Elizabeth Crumlish, who is a member of the Travelling community, has been on the council's housing list since 2003.

The court heard that she had applied for housing or to be accommodated at a halting site in the Bridgend or Burnfoot areas of Co Donegal.

Earlier this year, the council decided to suspend her from its housing application list for a period of one year on the basis that she had refused to accept what it says are two reasonable offers of accommodation.  

The suspension of a person's application for housing following two refusals is provided for in the council's 2011 Housing Allocation Scheme.

In High Court judicial review proceedings, Ms Crumlish has challenged her suspension on the basis the offers were not in any sense reasonable.

Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex parte (one side only represented) basis, by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan.

The case comes back in July.

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