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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Pregnant mum left homeless 'in fear' of using hostel

Pregnant mother of 3, Sarah Lawlor, recently made homeless pictured outside the boarded up home that she lived in, in St Teresa's Gardens, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Pregnant mother of 3, Sarah Lawlor, recently made homeless pictured outside the boarded up home that she lived in, in St Teresa's Gardens, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Pregnant mother of 3, Sarah Lawlor, recently made homeless pictured outside the boarded up home that she lived in, in St Teresa's Gardens, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

A PREGNANT mother of three has said she has been left homeless after she had to leave the flat she was living in due to regeneration works.

Sarah Lawlor (24), had been living with her grandfather Edward (74) in a flat in St Theresa’s Gardens on Dublin’s southside that had been his home for three decades.

However, she says she has been left homeless for the past year when her grandfather was moved to smaller accommodation due to the regneration work at his former home.

“They moved my grandfather into a one-bedroom apartment across the way, but it was too small to accommodate all of us,” Sarah told the Herald.

“I was forced to move into a hostel and leave my three kids with my ex-partner,” Sarah said.

“No person should have to go through this,” she added.

She claims that appeals to Dublin City Council for accommodation have been unsuccessful.

“I just want a home to live in so I can be with my children.

If they gave me a cardboard box to live in I wouldn’t care,” she said.

“No mother should be forced into homelessness away from her children because of regeneration works,” she added.

The local authority had not responded to a request for comment as of last night.

Demolition work began on St Theresa’s Gardens last week as part of a regeneration plan first announced in 2006.

The dilapidated flats complex is to be replaced with 50 new residential units.

Sarah says that every time she visits her grandfather she is reminded of her horrible circumstances, as his new house faces directly across from the apartment they used to call home.

Family

“I breaks my heart every time I look out his window and see our family home which we lived in for years just sitting there, boarded up, not being used,” she said.

Sarah, who is five months pregnant, says she fears staying in city hostels.

“I’m afraid going into these hostels, you go in at night and there are people shooting up beside you. It’s no place for a pregnant woman to be living in,” she said.

She also has concerns for the health of her baby.

Last week Sarah was kept in hospital overnight as her

unborn baby was suffering with an irregular heartbeat, a problem the mother is blaming on stress.

“I was on the verge of giving up the fight but my baby is keeping me going,” she says of her situation.

rschiller@herald.ie

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