Irish Family Michelle and Patrick O’Brien and their seven children, aged between three and 14, have been homeless for a year since June 2018 and say they are now “weary and hopeless”. This came after the Banagher hotel manager asked them on Monday to leave the hotel, as he was taking in asylum seekers instead!
The Tullamore, County Offaly, family was initially placed in a hotel there. In early May, however, Offaly County Council moved them to a hotel in Banagher, County Offaly, almost 40km and a 40-minute drive from the children’s schools.
Michelle spent much of Monday in County Council offices in Tullamore, as they attempted to source other accommodation. Around 5pm, while some family members were preparing to sleep in their car and others in a Garda station, she was told the Peter McVerry Trust had found a hotel in Trim, Co Meat