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Thursday 22 August 2019

'The shower and hot water never worked'

Seventies Name: Christy Jackson

Christy Jackson. Photo by Jason Clarke
Christy Jackson. Photo by Jason Clarke

Retired carpenter Christy Jackson (70) has lived in some appalling conditions in flats in Dublin since he returned to Ireland a decade ago.

He says it not easy for pensioners to find affordable accommodation of a decent standard in the capital.

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The returned emigrant and former resident of Artane Industrial School hoped to come back from England under the Safe Home scheme.

But he says that by the time he came home, he was unable to access funding.

At one point he was living in a hotel costing €400 a week out of his savings, and he then moved between flats.

Noisy tenants

"I went on the council housing list, but I didn't get anywhere. In just two years, I lived in six places.

"In one of the one-bedroom flats where I lived for €130 per week, the hot water and the shower never worked.

"Some of the other tenants living in the building were undesirable, and aggressive. It was very noisy - a lot of shouting and roaring.

"The people from (charity) Alone got wind of it and came to see me.

"They were the ones that got me out of there. They got me an apartment in Kilmainham for older people living on their own. It's a lovely place."

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