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Dublin Mother And Kids Forced To Sleep At Garda Station


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A Dublin mother who slept in Tallaght Garda Station with six of her children says she feels disgusted she can't do more for her family.

Margaret Cash was sent there last night, after teams couldn't find emergency accommodation for the family who've been homeless for a year. 

"I feel disgusted as a mother that there is nothing more I can do for them... I feel horrible, I feel like crying" she said.

"It's just horrible, and it really is very very hard".

Members of An Garda Síochána tried all the emergency lines in relation to homeless shelters, and a number of local hotels were also phoned.

Inner City Helping Homeless has confirmed it has found a place for the homeless family to stay tonight.

Last night, Margaret Cash turned down a place to stay in Meath, as it would have meant splitting up her family.

Tallaght detectives paid for a hot breakfast for them this morning and they've since left for South Dublin County Council to try and find a place to sleep tonight.

Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless says this family wasn't the only one advised to take shelter in a garda station.

"The mother of a family last night posted pictures herself from Tallaght garda station with herself and the family of seven that were actually refereed to Tallaght garda station last night - alongside that of eight other families last night, referred to garda stations because of a lack of accommodation within the city.

"Two of those families managed to be accommodated after 10 o'clock last night".


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