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Protest by two homeless mothers at Bray Town Council offices resolved

The two women and their families will stay in temporary accommodation paid for by a third party until after the bank holiday weekend, when meet officials to discuss a longer-term housing solution.

A PROTEST AT Bray Town Council has been resolved this evening.

Two women and a councillor staged a sleep-in protest at Bray Town Council after arriving at the offices yesterday evening demanding that their housing situations be addressed.

The women and their children had recently become homeless in separate cases in the past number of weeks. After presenting to the council, they were directed to the homeless shelter in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

However, the women say the open shelter – which only offers shared facilities – is mostly frequented by single men, some of whom have substance and other problems, and is not a suitable place for their young children.

They arrived at the council yesterday evening, demanding that their families be provided with safe emergency accommodation until a long-term solution to their recent homelessness could be established. They refused to return their children to the shelter and said they would not leave the offices until the matter was resolved.

Sinn Féin councillor John Brady also stayed at the council offices in support of the women last night.

In a statement this evening, Bray Town Council said:

Following an intervention by Cathaoirleach of Bray Town Council Cllr Mick Glynn, the two women and their families will stay in temporary accommodation paid for by a third party until Tuesday, when they will return to Bray Town Council offices for discussions with officials.

Bray Town Council would like to extend their thanks to An Garda Siochana for their help over the last 24 hours.

Read: Women continue sleep-in protest at Bray Town Council over homelessness

Read: Two women ‘locked in’ at Bray Town Council offices after protesting their homelessness

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