Cork school pays for taxi to ensure homeless pupils can attend

Cork school pays for taxi to ensure homeless pupils can attend

A Cork city school has had to pay for a taxi to ensure students who were made homeless in recent weeks could get from Kinsale to school yesterday morning, The Echo can reveal.

Stephanie and her three children were evicted from their home in the city almost three weeks ago after living there for almost a decade.

With all emergency accommodation in Cork City full, the family was moved to emergency accommodation in Kinsale at a cost of €3,500 for two weeks.

Stephanie, who does not drive, admitted to The Echo previously that she was worried about getting her children to school in the city.

On Monday, she revealed that a school in the city paid for a taxi to ensure her children, one of whom is studying for their Junior Cert, made it to school.

She met with council officials yesterday to discuss her situation in the hope of finding accommodation closer to or in the city.

“We’re to stay in Kinsale until Tuesday and I don’t know what’s going to happen after that,” Stephanie said.

“My son’s school very kindly paid for a taxi for us to get up this morning and get them to school.”

The Echo revealed on Saturday that housing charity Threshold is working with Stephanie, who paid her rent without any issues for almost 10 years. However, her landlord evicted her, citing upgrades to the property. Stephanie said the ordeal has taken its toll.

“I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety and depression and it gets worse when I don’t know what is going on,” she explained.

She said the situation has been really hard for the children.

Stephanie also revealed she has been on the council housing list for more than 10 years and has been unsuccessful in a number of attempts to access housing.

“We are working with Stephanie and have been for a number of months,” said Edel Conlon, southern regional manager for Threshold. “But unfortunately we could not prevent this tenancy from ending as the current legislation in place afforded the landlord the opportunity to issue Stephanie with a valid notice and not have to give a reason as to why.”

Ms Conlon said this type of situation is happening nationally, all thanks to Section 34b notices, which she explained allows landlords to evict tenants with very little cause.

“The legislation needs to be amended and remove Section 34b as a reason a landlord can use to terminate tenancies,” said Ms Conlon, adding there have been cases in Cork where, had the legislation been changed, people would have been saved from eviction.

Ms Conlon added that the lack of emergency accommodation in Cork city is a concern.

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