Saturday 22 October 2016

Homeless protest pair move up housing list

Homeless couple Alan Murphy and Kelly Gilsenan
Homeless couple Alan Murphy and Kelly Gilsenan

A HOMELESS couple who camped out at the offices of South Dublin County Council in protest over their accommodation situation have been moved up the housing list, the High Court has heard.

The council told Mr Justice Paul Gilligan it cannot say when it will be able to house Alan Murphy and his partner Kelly Gilsenan.

The council obtained an injunction against the couple after they refused to leave the council's offices.

They remained there for two days until the local authority obtained the injunction directing them to leave the Tallaght offices.


Carol O'Farrell, BL for the council, said the couple's priority on the housing list had been raised as it was now accepted they formed a family. Mr Murphy has a six-year-old child who suffers from asthma.

The couple (inset) told the court the most recent temporary accommodation they were provided with had "damp walls", "damp ceiling", "blood on the sheets" and the place was "filthy".

They asked the court to strike out the injunction. However, that application was dismissed.

The judge adjourned the case to the end of the month.

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