Homeless family pleads for time to care for daughter

Homeless family pleads for time to care for daughter

EE news 03/03/2017.

A family of four that have been on the housing list for 13 years and face homelessness are pleading for extra time in their privately rented home to allow their child to recover from illness.

Marie O’Sullivan, who was due to present as homeless yesterday, said she had been advised by her family GP not to move her sick daughter who is suffering from a kidney infection and a fever and needs at least a week to recover.

They have pleaded for more time in the rented home before officially becoming homeless.

However, they could face legal proceedings after their lease was terminated yesterday.

Marie, her husband and two children, have been living in private rented accommodation for the last five years in Ballyvolane but the home has been sold and they have been told they must leave.

The family were faced with a decision of separating and moving into different relatives homes or presenting themselves at HSE homeless services at Drinan St in Cork city but Ms O’Sullivan said she cannot risk her daughter’s health by moving her into emergency accommodation.

“She [her daughter] is still not taking solid foods. She can barely move off the couch because she is weak from not eating,” she added.

“We have asked for four weeks [in the house]…we’re behind on the packing because we’ve had to care for my daughter but we’ll just have to keep looking," she said.

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