The daughter of a notorious Dublin criminal has alleged that she can’t get a home because of her father’s criminal past.
Mum-of-two Lena Felloni revealed she was on the Dublin City Council housing list for “19 years” but hasn’t been able to get a place and said it is down to her father’s name.
Tony Felloni was one of the most notorious criminals in Dublin in the 1980s. Known as ‘King Scum’, the drug dealer flooded the city with drugs in the 1980s and 1990s. His persistent drug dealing in Dublin had involved the use of some of his children as couriers and drug tasters.
A graduate of Trinity College in sociology and addiction studies, Lena Felloni was told she had a place in a housing complex in the city centre in 2005, but “her surname got around”.
“The residents of the complex signed a petition saying that they didn’t want me living there,” she said on an interview with Joe Duffy on Liveline. “So the corporation took the place back.”
She said that once the place was taken off her, she “got herself back into rented accommodation because what was the point of being on the list if I was being discriminated against?”
She said a local TD told her she would be on the “housing list for another eight or nine years before a place could be found” for her.
Ms Felloni said her name was “taken off the housing list in 2005” after she didn’t move into the flat.
“They said I had taken my name off the list and I didn’t agree with that.”
Ms Felloni said she has no “drug convictions herself”. She admitted to “shoplifting convictions due to an addiction”.
“I am not my father’s keeper and I am sick of having to deal with this. I have spent years on the homeless list. I fail to see how we could be refused access to a home. I feel that Dublin City Council are discriminating against me.
She said that she tried to convince people that she would not have anyone “dangerous around her family”.
“I told them that I would not have anyone with drug convictions near my family or children. To this day, I still have not got a home.”
Ms Felloni also revealed that she was facing a “cancer scare” and said she would be out of her current home in two weeks.
“The doctors found a lump in my throat. The doctors will do an operation on the lump. I have only 14 days here in this place because the landlord is selling it.”
She feared that she didn’t know where she would be able to recuperate.
“I have no idea where I will be when I have the operation. The hospital said they will send the letter out here but I don’t even know if I will be here to get the letter.”
She said she “didn’t want to be living off the state for her whole life.
“I want to get a life for me and my children. I don’t want to be going into shelters.”
She believes that her name has hindered her throughout her life and was told changing her name “wouldn’t make much of a difference.
Lena said she had no connection with her father now. “I haven’t heard from him in a long, long time. I have had no connection with him since he has been out of jail.” She admitted that she was still in contact with her mother, Anne.
Dublin City Council told independent.ie they cannot comment on any individual housing cases.
“We cannot comment on any individual cases but each application is assessed under a scheme which is outlined on our website,” a spokesperson said this evening.