Gretta Spooner, aged 34, is currently living in the box room of her mother’s home in Tipperary with her 10-year-old daughter Alexia, while her partner Grattan O’Rourke splits his time between sleeping at Collins Barracks, where he works, and his mother’s home in Ballincollig.
The pair has been searching for a family home to rent in Ballincollig for months, as they need to be in close proximity to Grattan’s mother who suffered a stroke six years ago.
Gretta recently began working in a nursing unit in Ballincollig and is currently commuting to and from the town from her mother’s home in Tipperary Town — a 200km round trip.
Her daughter has been accepted to Scoil Mhuire in Ballincollig and is due to start school next week. “Alexia is all sorted to move. She has her school and swimming club and I have my job, all we need is a house and we can’t seem to find one. Our deadline is next Friday and the stress of that is huge.”