Wexford teenager facing life on the streets

By David tucker

Published 15/09/2015 | 00:00

The 19-year-old who says she will have to live on the street in Wexford.
The 19-year-old who says she will have to live on the street in Wexford.

A 19-year-old Wexford girl fears she is facing life on the streets because she cannot afford to rent a house and there is no council accommodation available.

The teenager says she has only €100 a week in a jobseeker's allowance to live on, and while she is legally an adult, she will not be entitled to the full €188 jobseeker's allowance until she's 25.

'I'm asking where is the socialism, where are the socialists,' said former mayor and councillor Padge Reck, who retired from local government more than a year ago, but who says he is constantly being approached by people seeking his help.

Padge said he was championing the cause of the 19-year-old whom he said was being discriminated against because of her age.

Jennifer, who asked not to be identified, said she had been taken in by her nanny for the next few days, but 'other than that I've nowhere'.

'They (social welfare) are refusing to give me the full allowance, yet they are bringing people into this country,' she said, referring to the announcement that 4,000 Syrian refugees would be allowed to settle in Ireland. 'What about the Irish.. what about people like me? I feel like I'm in a hole that I can't get out of' Jennifer said she had been trying to find work since June, 2014, when she turned 18. 'I haven't got anything. I think people just read my CV and throw it in the bin,' she said, 'I don't want to leave Ireland to find work and somewhere to live, but I think I might have to.'

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