‘Nowhere to stay at Christmas’
Tears streaming down her face, four-year-old Poppy Dunleavy is heartbroken as the homeless child hears that she is to spend another Christmas in a hotel bedroom.
In the run-up to Christmas, she and mum Leanne will spend their third Christmas without a home to call their own.
Tens of thousands of people have reacted angrily to the video of the sobbing child, captured by her hairdresser mum Leanne in a Dublin hotel.
Poppy is clearly distraught, with tears running down red puffy cheeks.
Her mother is seen asking her why she is so upset.
Crying, Poppy replies: “Because I have nowhere to stay, because we have nowhere else.”
Asked how she felt, Poppy says: “Sad.”
Leanne, 30, said no child should have to suffer homelessness.
“I just wanted to show the Government how it’s not only the parents that suffer because we get on with it,” Leanne said released the video on Facebook.
“It’s tearing the children apart and, by the looks of things, it will probably be a fourth Christmas, homeless, next year.”
She said she has been in and out of homeless shelters for the last two years, due to unforeseen circumstances, and doesn’t expect her situation to change soon.
A crying Polly said she misses the family dog Milly, and asks: “Can I get a new dog?”
Leanne again tries to reassure her daughter by saying: “When we get a new house, we’ll get a new dog.”
The video has prompted a strong response online,
Facebook user Caroline Polnad O’Callaghan commented: “Poor child everyone needs to get out and march, bring this country to a standstill, that’s what needs to happen.”
Sylvia Fox from Dundee, responded: “That’s so sad to see. You think you’re bad off until you see this.”
Marguerite Devlin said: “In tears here please god you and your beautiful little girl be housed very soon.”
Leanne said she has been comforted by viewers’ comments.
“Loads of lovely people have contacted me and a lot of women that are in the same situation and other people that used to be in the same situation,” she said.
A video in which four-year-old Poppy sobs after she is told she must spend her third Christmas homeless has gone viral. Her mother, Leanne Dunleavy, took the video to highlight the devastating effects of homelessness on both children and adults.