4 month wait for keys

A YOUNG mother-of-two from Dundalk is fuming because she hasn’t been given the keys to her house even though she has completed an anti-social behaviour course.

A YOUNG mother-of-two from Dundalk is fuming because she hasn’t been given the keys to her house even though she has completed an anti-social behaviour course.

Edel, a 25-year-old mother from Muirhevnamor, said that she received a letter from Dundalk Town Council (DTC) in April informing her that she had been allocated a house.

The letter stated that she had to pay a e100 deposit within seven working days and that she had to complete a compulsory anti-social behaviour course.

“I paid the e100 within the week and I did the course. I did everything I was asked to do but I’m still waiting to get my house,” she said.

“There were about six or seven of us on the course and everyone else has since been given their house except me. It’s just not fair.”

Edel who had a baby boy in June told The Dundalk Democrat that she had been hoping to get into her new house before her son’s arrival.

“The house has been cleaned up but the boards have been put back up. It’s been four months since I paid my deposit,” she said.

“I’ve called the council several times and they say that they are waiting on the ESB to re-wire and re-connect thse place.

“I’ve been told I might not get in the house until September. It’s a joke. I’ve been on the housing list for four and a half years.”

Edel added: “I’ve got two kids, a five-year-old and a seven-week-old baby. I’m living in my mother’s house at the minute but it’s not fair on her.

“I just don’t understand why it’s taking so long when I did everything I was asked to do straight away. I shouldn’t have to wait for months.”

No-one at DTC was available for comment at the time of going to print.