Limerick housing crisis takes a deathly turn


first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL WhatsApp Twitter Email The death notices have now become as valuable a resource as the property section of newspapers for families seeking accommodation in Limerick.The death notices have now become as valuable a resource as the property section of newspapers for families seeking accommodation in Limerick.THE housing crisis has taken a macabre turn in Limerick with families so desperate to secure accommodation that they are monitoring the death notices in the hope of being put forward for council houses of the recently departed.Newly elected Sinn Fein TD, Maurice Quinlivan says he had around 200 inquiries about a house in Kileely after it was boarded up by people looking to put their names down for it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Limerick City and County Council, current active housing projects will deliver 744 housing units across Limerick. However, the lack of housing has already pushed vulnerable families to take drastic measures.“My office is inundated with people who simply have nowhere to go. We are dealing with people who sleep in their cars, families who live with relatives in very overcrowded conditions,” Deputy Quinlivan explained.“We have many cases of people contacting our office when they hear of a death or the passing of a neighbour to see if they can be put forward for the accommodation. This is very depressing but it highlights the stress and drastic things people will do to get accommodation.“Council policy is not to contact the relative of the deceased person for at least six weeks. But people are now so desperate for housing that they think if they are first in they might get the house.”But Deputy Quinlivan pointed out that this is not how it works.“The vast bulk of houses are allocated on the basis of need, not who is first in for it. Contacting our office to say ‘so and so’ has died and can I be put forward for this house can be very stressful for all of us dealing with housing issues, many of which can often be very complex cases.”by Alan [email protected] Advertisement Printcenter_img Previous articleCourt holds funds of Jason Corbett life policy as Molly appeals judges rulingNext articleSynod maps ‘Camino of hope’ for Church in #Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSdeath noticesfeaturedhomelesshomelessnesshousing crisislimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Fein Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedin NewsLocal NewsLimerick housing crisis takes a deathly turnBy Alan Jacques – April 14, 2016 2077 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus last_img

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