Seven moves in 10 years taking its toll on young mother
Katie Doyle has moved seven times in the 10 years since her daughter Leila was born and has been on the housing list in Wexford for the past eight years.
The 30-year old who is also mother to Demi (5) and Alfie, one and a half, lives with her partner Stephen and the children in a rented house at Sycamore Close and is desperate for a permanent home of her own.
'Since I was young I've moved around from place to place. I didn't have a great upbringing. I don't want that for my 10-year-old. I want her to have a stable home,' said Katie who recently discovered that she had been taken off the list without her knowledge a few years ago after she changed address.
Her application was re-instated following representations to the local authority by Cllr George Lawlor and Cllr Anthony Kelly.
'George Lawlor has been absolutely brilliant. He got us back all the years we lost,' said Katie.
She has been living in Sycamore Close for the past three years but fears she will have to move out next year because a rent increase is due and she won't be able to afford it on a rent supplement of €88. Her current weekly rent is €140.
'This house and the previous one I was in are the only decent ones I've lived in out of all the homes I've been in since I was a child.
'Since my eldest was born, I've had to keep moving all the time because the places I was in weren't great. I'm physically drained by it all. I don't want to have to move the children again but we're probably going to have to find somewhere else because we won't be able to afford the rent.
'I can't go out to work because it will affect my rent allowance. I don't have the option of going out to work and it's affecting my mental health.
'If we got a council place we would have the option of getting back out to work again,' said Katie whose younger daughter Demi has experienced health problems since birth.
She described the wait for a council house as 'very frustrating'. 'We don't know how long it's going to be. Stephen and I are getting married in June.
'A house would be the icing on the cake. But you can't plan your life. You're always waiting,' said Katie who grew up on the outskirts of London and whose father is from Wexford.
'The pressure I've been put under has made me think I should go back there, that I would be housed quicker. But it's not the best place to bring up children,' she said.