Tuesday 23 January 2018

'With my southside accent, they think I'm not badly off'

Young mother Eileen McCann has found it difficult to get help. Photo: Damien Eagers
Young mother Eileen McCann has found it difficult to get help. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ian Begley

A young mother sleeping inside a multi-storey car park said her situation has become so bad that she hasn't eaten in more than two days.

Eileen McCann (28), from Dundrum, was in tears as she explained she found it so difficult to get help.

"I get a lot of abuse from people in the same situation as me. They say because of my southside accent, I'm not really badly off and don't deserve help, which is just ridiculous," she said.

"I'm walking the streets alone and haven't eaten a thing in two days.

"I'm frozen all the time, and spend my nights crying my eyes out inside a car park.

"I don't drink or do drugs at all, and I'm finding it so hard to get help.

"All I want is to find a home, anywhere, so I can take care of my four-year-old son. He has been put into foster care and I'm only allowed to see him several times a week, which breaks my heart."

Eileen became homeless, along with her sister, due to a troubled family situation, along with losing her job.

"I'm a qualified hairdresser, dry cleaner and telemarketer, but I just can't hold down a job without a home. Every time I climb a ladder, I just fall back down," she said.

The young mother added that she had gone down every avenue searching for a safe place to sleep, but claimed that the homeless hostels offered to her were much too dangerous.

Eileen added that she believed the Government was highlighting the homeless crisis, but was doing little to tackle it.

"I know that the homeless crisis is a huge talking point in the Government now, but I feel like they're not really doing anything to help people like me," she said.

Irish Independent

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