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Families due to be evicted today are now staging an occupation

The families were due to be evicted today.

homeless familiesSome younger members of the families outside the houses earlier this monthSource: Facebook

A GROUP OF families who were told by Dublin City Council to leave their accommodation on the city’s Mountjoy Street have said that they will now occupy the building until other suitable accommodation is found.

The group of families, 13 in total, were told on 18 February that they were being evicted from 54 and 55 Mounjoy Street and were given 8 days notice.

They had been due to be evicted today.

The change in circumstances has come as a result of the private landlord of the property increasing the rent for the building, putting it out of Dublin City Council’s price range.

Speaking to today Aisling Kenny from one of the families affected said that her family had been offered other accommodation but that it would have been too far away from her children’s school.

The five members of family were then offered accommodation in two hotel rooms.

“I can’t go anywhere because I don’t have anywhere else to go,” Kenny said.

“The children are going to keep going to school and we’re going to keep on operating as normal because that’s all we can do.

I’m not moving from this property until we get something stable, safe and secure for the kids. 

The families are set to hold a rally outside the properties this evening from 6pm to 8pm and will be holding a family fun day tomorrow from 1pm.

The families are asking that they are either allowed to stay in their current accommodation with full tenants rights or are placed in secure alternative accommodation that is suitable for children.

They are asking that Dublin City Council will enter into talks with the campaign.

Read: 13 families are fighting eviction from emergency accommodation in Dublin today

Also: Homeless families told that they have to leave accommodation by the end of the month

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