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Family of 10 faces eviction over €16,000 rent arrears

A ROMA family of 10, including an 11-month-old baby born here last year, face being thrown on to the street in three weeks' time.

Stelian Ciuciu, 50-year-old head of the Ciuciu family which is seeking asylum in Ireland, said they have no money and nowhere to go after a judge told them yesterday they had 21 days to quit their rented home.

"It means the Ciuciu family and our baby will be on the street in days," he told Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Una Cassidy, counsel for the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), told the court that Stelian, his son Florin (24) and Florin's wife, Elizabeth Imanandita (23), were in rent arrears to the extent of just over €16,000.

Ms Cassidy said the board had earlier directed that the Ciucius hand 5 Monastery Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin, back to its landlord owner Mike Dixon.

Judge Linnane granted Dixon possession of his investment property and gave him judgment for €16,000 against Stelian, Florin and the baby's mother Elizabeth Imanandita.

"We can't pay it. We will have to stay and will have to be carried out when the Sheriff comes," Stelian said.

Following the hearing Stelian said he and his 48-year-old wife, Bita Vasalica, lived with their sons Florin, Stelian (jnr), Florin's wife Elizabeth Imanandita and their baby Hurren Roxelana, daughters Marbella (28), Laura (30) and 20-year-old twins Jennifer and Miriam.


Son Stelian (jnr) said they received no state financial assistance.

Judge Linnane directed the three named respondents "and all persons in occupation of No 5 to vacate the property within 21 days".

She granted judgment in the sum of €16,013.81 against the three respondents and awarded the PRTB its legal costs of the application.