13 families evicted on polling day call on public to join sit-in

They are being evicted as their landlord has raised rent beyond what Dublin City Council can pay

13 families in Dublin who say they have been made homeless as a result of a rent hike want the public to support them at a sit-in tonight.

Their protest is due to happen between 6pm and 8pm at their accommodation on 54 Mountjoy Street in Dublin city.

The families were told they were being evicted because their private landlord was increasing the rent, which Dublin City Council was unable to pay.

Because the families are living in emergency accommodation the are not protected under tenants' rights law.

They are refusing to leave until they are guaranteed alternative suitable and secure accommodation.

Earlier this week, Newstalk spoke to Aisling Kenny, one of the residents being evicted.

 
Aisling Kenny - Humans of the Election

Aisling Kenny and her family are one of thirteen families being evicted from their emergency accommodation this Friday - polling day.

Posted by Newstalk 106-108 fm on Monday, 22 February 2016