Saturday 24 August 2019

Mother 'shocked' by mass eviction at flats

Aimee O’Riordan pictured with her eviction notice at the Leeside Apartments on Bachelor’s Quay in Cork City. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Aimee O’Riordan pictured with her eviction notice at the Leeside Apartments on Bachelor’s Quay in Cork City. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

A mother who faces losing her home in the "mass eviction" of a Cork apartment complex by its new owners said she has no idea where she will find alternative accommodation.

Aimee O'Riordan (26) admitted residents of the Leeside Apartments on Bachelor's Quay in Cork city centre were left "totally shocked" by the notices to quit.

A total of 23 families, students and single tenants are currently living in the apartment complex just 100 metres from Cork city centre.

The new owner has asked all residents to leave, serving notices to quit on everyone, as it explained it needed vacant possession for major refurbishment work.

Lugus Capital, which bought the complex last October, said it plans a €3m refurbishment to ensure it is in full compliance with fire safety certification.

Ms O'Riordan has lived at the complex for five years - and is the only home known by her son, Alex (4).

"In the worst case scenario, I may have to suspend my studies," she said.

"I am studying for a BA degree in Social Work and it is something I hope to make a career of.

"This is a lovely place to live.

"The rent has been very reasonable, there are lovely, friendly people living here and it is where I have built my life," she said.

Irish Independent

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