Thursday 17 January 2019

Family wrongly listed as having turned down council house still waiting for home

Carraroe Co Galway
Carraroe Co Galway
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A MUM of three has said she was wrongly listed as having refused a council house is still waiting to move into a home.

The Co Galway woman has been on the list for a council home since 2004.

Last November, amid fears her family were moving closer to becoming homeless, she contacted a number of local representatives to seek help.

One was informed by the local council that she had in fact been offered a house and declined it.

"This never happened so they looked into it and said that was a mistake on their part," she told

Soon after this mistake came to light she was offered a house but was advised it would take three months for renovation works to be completed.

However, almost five months on, work has not been completed and she is concerned that her family will end up homeless.

"We are living out in the country and finding somewhere to rent out here is ridiculous really.

"The only place we could find near a school is a seven-bed house. We can’t heat it, the electricity is crazy so we are just getting more and more into debt," she said.

The woman said she often hears stories about people refusing council houses for silly reasons but said in her case the record of her having refused a house was incorrect.

"At this stage we’re nearly homeless I just feel at the moment like we’re being punished in a way because they had us as having refused an offer," she said.

She said the family were "so happy" when they learned they were being placed in November.

"[We thought] we can finally settle somewhere, we can settle with the kids... but now we are kind of in limbo," she said. 

A spokesperson for Galway County Council said the council does not comment on individual cases.

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