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Dublin mother shares footage of offered council house

  • 11-08-2021 1:31pm
    Registered Users Posts: 23,433 ✭✭✭✭

    Aoife has been on the housing list for 13 years and has made a video of what she has been offered for herself and her 'nearly'? four children by the local council.

    Curiously only outside views are made available and how they apply to the actual apartment is a little unclear as you never see it but the Indo decided to run with it anyway (link attached).

    It does look a mess outside at any rate.

    But then there is this which reads a bit like a Margaret Cash bingo card and then my sympathy starts to ebb a little...

    What do you think of Aoife's predicament here? Let's be honest I don't think most of us would actively choose this abode to be fair to her.

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  • Posts: 6,192 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    She lived in the citywest for 8 years with 4

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,177 ✭✭✭Fandymo

    She shouldn’t have an “active choice” unless she is buying or paying the market rate rent. Otherwise she should be happy with whatever she is given. Video looks to be a service door on the roof and the car park. Not a bit of the apartment she was offered.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,454 ✭✭✭mloc123

    Beggars can't be choosers...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭tupenny

    That is grim, in all fairness

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,708 ✭✭✭downtheroad

    Stop having kids until you can provide adequate shelter for them. Don't have them to use as leverage to get accommodation.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭wonski

    Well she has nearly four kids and that was supposed to be her forever home.

    Can't blame her after waiting 13 years lol.

    Good luck with the hunt for your forever home Aoife. Sure that was difficult 13 years. Hope another 13 will be easier and there will be a garden.

    How dare they offering apartment when she clearly needs a house with a garden.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭jammiedodgers

    Have some more kids Aoife, that'll solve your problem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭JimmyVik

    4 kids?

    She probably thinks she will have to go to number 5 now to speed up getting a house.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,708 ✭✭✭downtheroad

    Margaret Cash had 7 kids and got her house so maybe that is the magic number.

    Then those 7 drains have 7 more each. Suddenly 49 net losses are added to the exchequer. And if those 49 have 7 each we get 343 more. So a total of 400 taking far more from the system than they put in (if indeed they put anything in).

    Meanwhile Joe and Mary Taxpayer are having 1 or 2 kids, or maybe 3 at a push, to pay for those 400.

    The maths don't add up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 343 ✭✭markw7

    God love her, maybe a few more kids is the solution?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,131 ✭✭✭✭Oranage2

    The two tales of the housing crisis.

    Case A) a person working close to minimum wage all their lives and not being able to afford a home.

    Case B) a woman popping out multiple kids and expected a forever home

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,629 ✭✭✭jrosen

    What does "nearly 4 kids" mean.

    It looks pretty grim and not a place I would want to raise a family in. Im in two minds. In one way I feel like you cant moan if your being handed a house but then in another way I think we really for what the council are paying the properties should be a far higher standard.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,802 ✭✭✭✭suicide_circus

    The outside does look a bit crap but i have no sympathy whatsoever. Firstly, the fact that she neglects to include any interior shots makes me think this is bullshite. Secondly, I had to live in some pretty squalid accommodation, paid for by me, in my time - her fellow citizens are picking up the tab for her so i'm not too interested in her entitled whinging. Thirdly, i wonder how many of her 4 kids came along while on the housing list...?

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,140 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Why on earth are the Independent printing that?

    Oh, that's right, newspapers have a vested interest in the housing market.

  • Registered Users Posts: 478 ✭✭costacorta

    Maybe if she wants a garden and all furnishings she needs to get off her hole and get a job and keep her legs closed

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,042 ✭✭✭Icsics

    Same old story, you are not ‘entitled’ to anything Aoife. Get a job & provide for your own children instead of expecting the tax payers to foot the bill. Wheres the daddy in all of this? He has responsibilities too, not the tax payer!

  • Posts: 25,611 ✭✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Case C) A single person in a regional town making twice minimum wage but the cheapest suitable rented place being over 50% of take home pay and scrambling to get a deposit together. God forbid a dental or medical issue comes up that you have to pay for out of pocket, that's 2 months of the savings gone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭FileNotFound

    Maybe I am just an arsehole but I feel no sympathy with these stories.

    Sitting on your arse for over a decade waiting for the state to pay your way while having more kids than most working couple's can ever afford. All she wanted was a house with a nice garden (probably a 5 bed sure) - and only in certain areas.

    Reality is there are people more deserving of the states charity. Imagine getting an essentially free Gaff in dublin and claiming its not enough. Detestable.

    And lets be honest, only the most self entitled cannot see beyond a bit of cleaning and tidying up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭FileNotFound

    The council may have had it for years, state of the place may be down to last tenants and its on the council to clean.

    Think the nearly means a bun in the oven.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,593 ✭✭✭theteal

    I bet the comments on FB are polar opposite of what we have here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,515 ✭✭✭Outkast_IRE

    I would have serious questions over the management and running of that complex though . Irregardless the warped boards are a hazard on what is possibly an escape route.

    God only knows what other compliance issues are hiding in a place like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭ThunbergsAreGo

    I am genuinely confused by the video

    Where is the actual apartment, why are there no shots of it or the door? What state does she accept the bins to be in?

    But she will get what she wants, and some hard worker will be outbid on the they want so Aoife can live there.

    This is modern entitled Ireland

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,228 ✭✭✭The Mighty Quinn

    What a shithole.... but...... why should she be given something pristine in a desirable location when many working couples with no children can't even afford to buy those places.

    At the same time, it's a disgrace the way some people choose to live, the filth there. A little pride in your home environment wouldn't go astray. Stop dumping your rubbish all over your own doorstep etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 909 ✭✭✭Burt Renaults

    She should be given something pristine, regardless of its location. That's not a lot to ask for. Clearly, a lot needs to be done by councils to ensure that their properties don't get into this kind of state.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,596 ✭✭✭Feisar

    I've done them sums before and questioned myself on them. Am I being a bit dramatic? Sure the burden is so small what does it matter, etc. But then the current status quo is recent enough. Those that pay their own way are these days having smaller families, years ago everyone had loads of kids so it all balanced out. But in five generations time the workers will only sustain their numbers while the freeloaders will have grown exponentially.

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,215 ✭✭✭✭Cienciano

    Hard to tell anything from that video tbh. I have 2 kids and didn't have any more because I can't afford to. Surely it's not that hard?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 865 ✭✭✭DarkJager21

    Has anyone told these people yet that a "forever home" is a term used for dogs being rescued from a pound? Beggars can't be choosers - why should something which is essentially free, have to meet the standard of something which others have to work themselves to the bone to even live in or own?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,762 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    And yet, we're always hearing stories of council houses/flats in perfectly reasonable condition which are left vacant for ages, because they have to be stripped of perfectly good kitchens and bathrooms and refitted to council spec (often lower spec than what's there, if half the stories are to be believed).

    Which is correct??

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