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Beweley's Hotel, Newlands Cross. Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Beweley's Hotel, Newlands Cross. Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Beweley's Hotel, Newlands Cross. Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Beweley's Hotel, Newlands Cross. Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with Danii (4), Dexter (1).

Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with Danii (4), Dexter (1).

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Beweley's Hotel, Newlands Cross. Jade Palmer is spending Christmas in this hotel room with her four children, one week old Teanna, Danii (4), Dexter (1) and Trae (2).

A YOUNG mother-of-four, who recently gave birth to a daughter with only one kidney, is being forced to spend Christmas in a one-bed hotel room.

Jade Palmer (23) lost her home in Sundale, Tallaght, west Dublin, in October.

Since then, she has been living in the Bewleys hotel, at Newlands Cross, along with her children Danii (4), Trey (1), 10-month-old Dexter and week-old Teanna.

Little Teanna was born on December 15 and doctors have said that she is at serious risk if she gets ill because she was born missing a kidney.

Ms Palmer had contacted a number of agencies in an attempt to retain her home, but was eventually placed by South Dublin County Council in Bewleys Hotel on October 11.

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In order to accommodate the children, she has set up travel cots in the room. But she said the situation is far from ideal.

"There are no cooking facilities. If we want to eat, we have to eat out, but we can't eat out every day," she said.

Ms Palmer is unemployed and looks after the children full-time. Her partner recently returned from England where he was trying to find work.

She said that she was living on around €402 a week but that isn't the worst of the problems.

Little Teanna is at serious risk if she gets sick because of her condition, and Ms Palmer said that the conditions in the room are cramped.

Ms Palmer claimed that she was told she is 17th on the housing list, but was then told that she was 25th.

She will have to remain in the hotel accommodation over the festive period and said that they had considered visiting her partner's father's house, but that would not now be possible.

"His father has moved to Wexford, which is too far away. We're going to have to be in the hotel for Christmas," she said.

Cllr Cathal King told the Herald that the case was "brutal" and said that he had been advocating on behalf of the mother.

"I was hoping that this case could be sorted out before Christmas and before the baby was born," the Sinn Fein councillor said. "I'm working with her amily to try and get this sorted."

Mr King said he had been in touch with a voluntary housing body with a view to helping find accommodation.

A spokesperson for South Dublin County Council said it was not policy to comment on individual cases.

However, she added that an individual's place on a housing list is determined by the length of time on that list, and that places should not diminish.

It comes as Environment Minister Alan Kelly said that 271 additional emergency beds have been put in place for homeless people this month.

A 20-point action plan to tackle emergency and short term homelessness was published on 9 December by the Government.

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"I made a commitment that every homeless person in Dublin who needs a bed or emergency accommodation will have one before Christmas, if they choose to accept one," Mr Kelly said.

He revealed that 271 additional emergency beds have been put in place - 11 more than originally promised. For those who choose not to accept a bed, a new Nite Cafe is in operation since December 15.

Mr Kelly said this is some comfort to people sleeping rough on our streets.

It provides a contact point for homeless people who do not want to be placed in emergency accommodation, providing food, rest area and showers.

At full capacity, this facility will accommodate 50 people and will operate throughout the night, seven days a week.

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