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New home for dying mum after eviction

A terminally ill woman whose door was broken down by the city sheriff as he acted on a court-ordered eviction is set to get a new home.

Dublin City Council has offered Breda Hattaoui (60) a house near to the home she faces eviction from on Susanville Road in Drumcondra.

Her plight made the headlines when the sheriff arrived on March 6 to enforce an eviction order.

Amid emotional scenes there was a stand-off with anti-eviction advocates and Breda's daughter Nadia, and the sheriff retreated on medical grounds.

Nadia and Breda then barricaded themselves in their home.


"The council offered us an apartment in Patrick Heeney Crescent not far from where we are now, and I got to look at it last Thursday, which was my 32nd birthday. I can't think of a nicer birthday present," Nadia told the Herald.

"I can't believe that we can finally move on. It looks like we have fought and won," she said.

"It's lovely and clean, and it's only two years old, and it has a nice back garden for mam too," Nadia added.

"It's not furnished or anything so that's our next challenge, but it's a move in the right direction, thank God, and maybe I'll get the keys later in the week," she said.

The eviction threat that faced the Hattaouis stems from a family dispute involving the property which went to the courts last July.

Following the eviction attempt nearly two weeks ago, Breda and Nadia told the Herald they would gladly leave their home near Croke Park only if they had a place to go to.

Speaking with tears in her eyes, Breda told how she had signed a court order to leave the house last July in the belief that she would be given accommodation elsewhere.


"I signed the piece of paper, but I never got any accommodation, and now we have been living like this ever since," she said.

"We want out of here, we need peace in our lives and in our souls," Nadia explained.

"We don't want more talk. We need help for a very sick lady who has been through enough," she added.

Remembering the actions of the eviction enforcement attempt, Breda said she could hear all the shouting and feared she would be put out on to the street.

Anti-eviction advocate John Bowler prevented entry to the house using a piece of wood from the broken door.

"I could hear John shouting. He had to show courage, and he said he would lay down his life for me.

"Then I heard Nadia, my little girl, pleading with the men. It was terrible," Breda said.