Father and four children face eviction

Single father, 34-year-old Joe Kinnane and his four young children, Jasmine, Nicole, Austin and Bobby are facing eviction from their family home in Cherrywood, Loughlinstown on August 1.

Joe’s partner and mother to his four children died suddenly and tragically aged twenty-nine, in the Cherrywood home in 2006 from a heart condition. At this point Joe moved into the Cherrywood home and took responsibility for raising their children on his own. Rent allowance that had previously been allocated for the Loughlinstown address under the deceased mother’s name has been denied to Joe.

Above: Hugh Lewis (People Before Profit Alliance, Dun Laoghaire)

In a statement from the People Before Profit Alliance Joe and his children are described as surviving solely on unemployment assistance and children’s benefits. “The HSE and DLRCC refuse to intervene to offer support in this young family’s ever increasingly desperate situation.”

A court order demands that they must vacate their Cherrywood home by August 1 and thus far Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have refused to offer Joe and his children any alternative housing.

Joe has been left with no other option but to defy the court order and is set to remain in the Cherrywood home with his children until suitable accommodation can be allocated by DLRCC.

Dun Laoghaire Housing Action Campaign convener and local representative for the People Before Profit Alliance Hugh Lewis said: “A campaign has now been established to help ensure the safety and well-being of Joe and his children; it is wholly unacceptable that the HSE would deny this family their right to rent allowance and their right to adequate housing.”“We call upon Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to immediately provide Joe and his children with a suitable home to prevent this young family being thrown out onto the streets.”

“Across the borough over 4000 people are now on the housing waiting list. Joe and his children are yet another example of DLRCC’s appalling record on providing social and affordable housing.”

For more on this story and the campaign contact: 087 632 9511

 

 

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