Minister must find housing for woman, says judge
A DISTRICT judge has directed a probation officer to phone the Housing Minister so that a homeless woman can be housed.
Judge Anthony Halpin made the request at Tallaght District Court in Dublin after hearing that Nora McDonagh was homeless.
He told the Probation Officer: "We have thousands of houses unoccupied in this country and ghost estates.
"This woman is homeless. She has nowhere to go. You should ring the Minister for Housing and ask him to put this woman in a house. You should call him this morning."
McDonagh (33), who previously lived at Nutgrove Crescent, Rathfarnham, had admitted before the court to stealing petrol worth €30 from Topaz, Taylor's Lane, Rathfarnham, on August 25, 2012.
She was before Judge Halpin in custody for a probation report.
Judge Halpin remanded McDonagh in custody for two weeks for the Probation Office to contact Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan and arrange for accommodation.