We’ve had no other option but to pitch a tent after losing our home and being put in filthy accommodation, says dad
- 16:29, 1 Sep 2022
- Updated: 16:29, 1 Sep 2022
A DAD has told how his family are now living in a tent after having to vacate the house they called home for 11 and a half years.
Alan Fitzpatrick, from Dublin, and his family are refusing to stay in emergency accommodation given to them by South Dublin County Council after claiming it was “worse than a prison cell”.
They have now pitched a tent on a green in Clondalkin.
Alan, 37, his wife Kelly, 30, and their three children, Kasey, 17, Jack, 10, and Bobby, six, had been living in a house in Clondalkin under the Housing Assistant Payment scheme for the past 11 years.
In January, the couple, who are both unemployed, were told by the landlord they would have to vacate the Dublin property by Friday, August 26.
Their worst fears were met last Friday when they had to vacate their home and still did not have another suitable house lined up.
They have been on the South Dublin County Council housing list for the past 11-and-a-half years and have been searching for suitable housing since January when they found out they had to leave their home but have been unsuccessful.
Since being left homeless last weekend the family spent four nights in emergency housing provided to them by South Dublin County Council but are refusing to stay a day longer.
According to the Irish Mirror, the couple claim the accommodation was filthy and full of insects and cockroaches.
Alan told the Mirror: “We are being forced to go back to the emergency accommodation – a so-called hotel – as the Council said we will be taken off the housing list if we don’t.
“When we went in there the room was worse than a prison cell.
“Our boys ran out of it crying and refused to sleep there so they stayed with their grandparents for the weekend.
“We had to call an ambulance for Kasey because she got sick and is still in hospital.
“We showed the Council the doctor’s letter and the recordings of the room and we were told we still have to go back to it or we are off the list.
“So we are left with no other option but to pitch a tent on the green to be near the kids’ schools, our family, friends and neighbours.”