'I want to sob my heart out' - Woman facing eviction with her family

'Julie' said she will be on the street come April 1st, along with her husband, son and grandchild
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.43 22 Mar 2023

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'I want to sob my heart out' - Woman facing eviction with her family

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.43 22 Mar 2023

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One woman facing eviction with her family next month has said they 'literally have nowhere to go'.

'Julie' is due to leave her house, where she has lived for 11 years, on April 1st.

It follows an earlier Dáil vote which will see the eviction ban end from March 31st.


She told The Hard Shoulder her husband, son and grandchild will be on the streets.

"Every piece of furniture in it is ours, we have decorated this house from top to bottom," she said.

"Now we're out on street on the 1st of April, and we have literally nowhere to go.

"We don't have anything - we have looked for places and... the rents are off the wall.

"We have applied for places [but] we don't have the money to rent and deposits and all of that.

"I just want to break down and sob my heart out - I just don't know what to do".

'Anarchy on the streets'

Julie said this will lead to 'anarchy' on the streets

"There's going to be thousands being thrown out of homes, there's already thousands out there on the streets," she said.

"When the hotels evacuate their homeless people that are in there... there's going to be even more thousands on the streets.

"Our Government is sitting back in their lovely homes, sitting in their lovely Dáil, with as much heat as they want.

"They're saying, 'Ah sure look, it's a means to an end' - it's not a means to an end.

"There's going to be anarchy on the streets, there is going to be absolute anarchy on our streets.

"There's going to be so many out there, living on the streets".

'My heart is breaking'

Julie said she cannot contemplate what is going to happen next.

"It's bad enough for the poor homeless that are out there, who are constantly getting abused as it is," she said.

"But you can imagine whole families who have always lived normal, working lives in a normal, working environment and normal daily home lives.

"How do you even contemplate going into that situation?"

Julie said she can't listen to the radio anymore, as they are all people in her situation.

"I'm listening to Newstalk all the time... sometimes I have to switch the radio off," she said.

"I'm in the same situation and my heart is breaking listening to their story, which is the same as my story.

"We're not a minority, there's thousands of us - you're talking about families and babies and single-parent families.

"They're ganging up on their own people, they really are".

Asked if she would be leaving the house on April 1st, Julie said: "Nobody knows what to do, because there's nowhere to go.

"I'm not dragging my family on to the street with my furniture, I'm not".

"I rang the two Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs this morning for my area, and both their inboxes were full, so what's that telling you?" she added.

Listen back to the full interview below:

Main image: Silhouette of woman standing with her head in her hands by a window in February 2014. Picture by: Edward George / Alamy Stock Photo

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