July 31, 2021

Picture of Wicklow family’s cramped room highlights reality of housing crisis

A Wicklow TD has shared a picture showing a room a young family have crammed into as the housing crisis takes centre stage in the general election campaign.

The picture shared by Sinn Féin TD John Brady shows a cramped box room with a bunk bed, a double bed, and a cot, which the family are sleeping in.

Deputy Brady said three generations of the same family are all crammed under the one roof.

He attacked the Government’s record on housing and said the family’s living conditions aren’t “an isolated incident” in Wicklow.

He said: “The official homeless figure is 10,448, whilst this figure is shocking and disgraceful, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

“The picture is of the box room which a family live in, its in their parents home. Mam and dad sleep on the bottom bunk, one child on the top, and the cot is at the end of the bed. The family are at breaking point.

“This is not an isolated case, it’s unfortunately happening right across Wicklow. People lingering for years on housing lists. Can’t afford to rent privately. Slightly above the income threshold to qualify for social housing, but not enough to rent or purchase their own home. Impossible to find HAP or RAS properties.”

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