Council Offers Family Living In A Shed A Home

Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Tipperary Town. Image © Tipp Mid West Radio

Tipperary county council have offered a family who have been living in a shed since last May a home.

The case involved domestic violence and the woman was grateful for the offer of the shed from a vet in the Mullinahone area.

The offer of a house comes after a period of over 6 months of insecure housing.

The case was covered by the Examiner newspaper last weekend.

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called for an “urgent” improvement in access to stable housing for anyone fleeing domestic abuse.

The woman involved exited the council housing list after she left the home she shared with a violent partner.

This led to a series of unstable arrangements, from shelters to hostels, until the family obtained a tenancy with a private landlord.

This tenancy ended when the lease expired earlier this year.

The Examiner also reports that a second family, who have a five-year-old child, have also sought refuge at the farm in a portable building until Kilkenny County Council can find them accommodation.

NWCI says domestic abuse is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Ireland.