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New beds for homeless mothers and children should be open 'in a matter of weeks'

The centre closed in December due to lack of funding.

Image: Respond!

A REFUGE FOR mothers and children which closed down late last year due to lack of funding is set to re-open as accommodation for homeless people.

Cuan Álainn in Tallaght was first opened by Respond! Housing Association in 2012. Since it’s opening it had provided a haven for 71 mothers and 86 children who had been forced to leave their homes due to domestic violence.

It was forced to shut its doors last December as  sustainable funding could not be found to continue its operations.

Respond! announced today, however, that it was reopening its doors following an agreement with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and South Dublin County Council.

The building will now be used as sustainable, secure accommodation for homeless women and children.

It has 10 units that can be filled, as well as communal areas and there will be support staff working there.

Respond! was able to secure funding for the operations of Cuan Álainn through Section 10 of the Housing Act 1988 – providing for accommodation for those who are deemed homeless by a local authority.

cuainn2 Source: Respond!


Ned Brennan, CEO of Respond! said that he was delighted that the accommodation would be reopening.

“Cuan Álainn is a state-of-the-art facility specially designed for women and their children,” he said.

“Children in particular, need a place to call their own, where they feel safe and secure.

Cuan Álainn will be that sanctuary for these children and their mothers.

Respond! said that it is already in the process of recruiting support staff for Cuan Álainn and that it hopes to re-open the building “in a matter of weeks”.

Read: Nine women and their children have “no place to go” if refuge closes

Read: Tallaght women’s refuge to close doors due to lack of funding

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