ONE family’s Christmas wish has been shattered after their new home was vandalised just days before they were due to move in.
The family, who were meant to be housed by Cork City Council before Christmas in a three-bedroom house in Lagan Grove, Mayfield, have now been placed in temporary accommodation until the repairs have been made.
Local Workers Party councillor Ted Tynan said the steel shutter on the house was opened and the window was smashed.
As well as this, the window frame was damaged and there was minor fire damage inside the house.
“This is one of a number of incidents affecting the area,” Mr Tynan said.
“It is appalling.”
Mr Tynan said it was a horrible thing for anyone to do and these individuals had ruined Christmas for this family.
“These people probably have been on the housing waiting list for a long time and looking forward to moving in.
“This will have spoiled the moment they would have had moving into the house before Christmas.”
Cork City Council said they became aware of the incident on Wednesday and took immediate action to secure the property, which had originally been vacant and under repair following a fire.
Cork City Council confirmed the tenants had been offered alternative accommodation until the property was ready for habitation.
“Minor repairs are necessary to fix the damage caused and action has already commenced to complete these as a priority.”
Director of Service, Housing & Community Valerie O’Sullivan said it is very frustrating for staff that are committed to getting houses ready to hand over to people.
“This type of mindless, needless damage is an unnecessary drain on our resources. It is terrible for the family who was expecting to move into the house for Christmas," she said.
Ms O’Sullivan said the family would be staying in “good quality, sound, safe accommodation” over Christmas and would get the keys to their new home sometime early in the New Year.