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Woman with a special needs son evicted in Ballyfermot

A Place to Call Home is Becoming A Luxury for Many in Ireland. 

I recently read with a heavy heart about the plight of mother of three, Natasha White, who will by this time have been forced to leave the home she shared with her children in Ballyfermot. 

Natasha told the Irish Mirror that she and her family had no option but to vacate the property by Thursday this week, as the owner was selling up due to ‘financial pressure’. 

The Irish Mirror writes that Natasha’s 14 year old son Andre has “Down Syndrome, autism, and a form of juvenile arthritis.” Despite this the family were refused housing as a medical priority by the local council who said “ a home of their own would not improve his condition.”  

“I need help. At this stage, I’m all out of options. We just need a place to call home.” says the 37 year old. 

Does it make sense to say the stability and safety provided by a home of your own does not improve a person’s condition? A place for a mother like Natasha to care for her children, Andre 14, Carter 9, and Cali 5, without the constant worry of when they might have to pack up again, as she says they have done three times now. 

Gript previously interviewed Stephen Manning whose 18 year old son, Danny, has Downs Syndrome. Last March, just days after his wife passed away, Stephen, Danny, and his two sisters lost their home in Mayo after the landlord decided to sell up. 

Stephen told Gript that he had informed the local council 6 months prior to the eviction that the family would require accommodation, but that nothing had been done to help them find any. 

For months they have been forced to find ad hoc accommodation while the HSE even withdrew Danny’s medical card when he turned 18. 

Danny’s late mother Noriko was his full time carer, and after her death payments to the family for Danny’s upkeep were withdrawn.

Stephen and Danny 

It has become impossible to reconcile Ireland’s immigration policies, or lack thereof as it may seem, with the number of stories about Irish families with special needs children who are unable to secure basic housing and services. 

How does our government seem so capable to throw promises of better lives and free housing at people who have no historical or genetic connection to Ireland when literally thousands of Irish people languish on housing lists for decades. 

Officially figures reveal that over 1 million people are on hospital waiting lists in this country, and many who are unfortunate enough to have to visit accident and emergency are left waiting for medical attention for so long that many end up just going home, or worse. 

We are now hearing that accommodation for third level students is a risk because our government stuffed the facilities with refugees as our small island has taken in far more than we could ever practically hope to house.  

Gript is aware of the story of a 9 year old boy from County Wexford who has now been waiting over two years to be provided with a suitable wheelchair. 

The boy’s mother says that because of the lack of HSE provision of vital physiotherapy treatments,  her son will have to have spinal surgery redone as he did not heal properly due to the   lack of vital specialised care. 

The deterioration of his condition means he will now require power assist on the wheelchair he is waiting for. This will be the third time the boy, who is hoping to return to school this September, has been measured for a chair. 

We can moan and blame the government, and blame they deserve, but at some point it is up to us, the people of Ireland,  to defend the most vulnerable of our compatriots. I remember my college lecturer, Barry Finnegan, telling a bleary eyed bunch of first year journalism students that as long as people can eat three times a day there will be no revolution. 

Given the miserable state of affairs in this so-called first world country of ours, I’d say we shouldn’t wait for the meals to run out.

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