Evic­tion threat af­ter flee­ing vi­o­lent abuse

BRAY MOTHER NOT EN­TI­TLED TO BEN­E­FITS HERE

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

A BRAY MOTHER is fac­ing evic­tion from her home and has had her heat­ing and ESB cut off be­cause she does not qual­ify for ben­e­fits in Ire­land and can't pay the bills.

Caro­line Moore­house (39) left Bray at the age of 19 and moved to Eng­land. She fled the UK nine months ago to es­cape a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion of vi­o­lent abuse.

She is now on her third ap­peal for so­cial wel­fare, hav­ing been re­fused on a num­ber of grounds, in­clud­ing that she has lived in Eng­land ‘all her life’.

How­ever, for­mer TD Joe Be­han has writ­ten to the authorities on her be­half, con­firm­ing that she was a pupil of his in St. Fer­gal's, ‘ thus dis­prov­ing claims that she was never res­i­dent in Ire­land’.

The de­cid­ing of­fi­cer also said that her hus­band and son live abroad. ‘My son is 17 and mar- ried him­self and I was never mar­ried to my ex-part­ner,' re­sponded Caro­line. ‘ The rest of my fam­ily is here in Bray. This is where I feel safe, with my seven brothers and three sis­ters around me. I have been through so much.' Caro­line re­ceived a letter last week or­der­ing her to leave her apart­ment as rent has not been paid since Septem­ber.

‘He has been so pa­tient,' said Caro­line. ‘But the land­lord can't af­ford to wait any longer and is owed too much to al­low me to stay. I had hoped to have been ap­proved for rent al­lowance by now but I can't get it.'

She added that she would pre­fer to work as a cleaner or in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to sup­port her two daugh­ters, aged 14 and 10, but that she has been un­able to se­cure a job.

‘I strug­gle ev­ery day won­der­ing where I will get food,' said Caro­line, who gets some fi­nan­cial help from fam­ily mem­bers. ‘I get €10 or €20 here and there but they have their own chil­dren to feed and can't af­ford much.'

Caro­line said that it took a lot of strength to walk away from her life in Eng­land. ‘I want more for my girls,' she said, wait­ing for the out­come of her lat­est ap­peal.

‘I want them to en­joy their lives, and have a roof over their heads and an ed­u­ca­tion. I want them to be happy and for no man to ever tell them what to do.'

The block of flats at The Print­works from where Caro­line Moore­house faces be­ing evicted.

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