Edenderry Family Forced Into Homelessness

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly

Imagine finding yourself homeless in one week?

People in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath are noticing rent creep higher and higher each year. There have been calls for the government to implement a rent control plan in the midlands.

Meanwhile 10 social homes lay empty and boarded up in Mountrath, while 30 social homes in Edenderry have been sitting on planning permission for a year. Not one block has been laid.

Georgina from Edenderry a lone mother of four boys spoke to Will Faulkner on Midlands Today. This time next week Georgina and her children will be homeless if she cannot find somewhere cheaper to live. Her landlord has increased her rent from €750 to an astronomical €950, a €150 increase.

She has tried to find accommodation; one three bed apartment she viewed in Edenderry has currently 49 applicants. Will Faulker also viewed properties on the website Daft.ie; all rent prices were from €800 to €950.

Listening to Georgina you can hear the concern for her family’s future, she says her children “kind of know bits” about what is going on. Unfortunately Georgina and family faced tragedy following the death of the father of two of her boys not long ago.

This time next week she does not know where she will be and where her children are going to go. Offaly County Council say she has to present herself and her boys to the council as homeless. In the meantime there is nothing that can be done once she has a roof over her head.

The only place they can go is a hostel in Mullingar, Georgina refuses to go there since it would mean taking her children out of school and their environment.

Listen to Georgina speak to Will Faulkner: