A FAMILY living in a B&B after a fire at their house want to move home before Christmas so Santa will have a chimney to come down.
Damien Lee (39), his wife Simone (32) and their three children (right) have been in emergency accommodation since the blaze broke out last week while they were at Mass.
It claimed not only beds and clothes but also Christmas toys that were hidden away. Worse still, the couple say government cutbacks meant they could not afford to keep paying home contents insurance.
"We went to 10.30 Mass on Sunday and when we got back the house was ablaze," said Simone, of Lios Dubh Estate in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Simone said that because of the children's allowance being cut for Evan (7), Aaron (5) and Cara (4), "we just couldn't afford the insurance".
"The housing association are fixing our house up. Now all we want to do is get back home in time for Christmas and Santa," said Damien.