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Cork woman 'frightened' at living conditions

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:47pm

A Cork woman has called on Cork City Council to address her poor living conditions in on the northside of the city.

Geraldine Houlihan from Churchfield Green has claimed her council-owned house has fallen into bad condition and is in need of repair work. She says severe mould, dampness and rotting insulation in the house have made life for her and her son, 30, “very difficult”.

Ms Houlihan suffers from hayfever and osteoporosis, and says the condition of the house is a potential risk to her health if the issues aren’t addressed.

“I’m frightened and I’m worried my health issues will get worse,” she said. “I suffer from hayfever and osteoporosis, and I wake up every morning to the strong smell of mould and dampness. I’m inhaling that, which I’m not supposed to be doing. I could become badly ill from this.”

Ms Houlihan says previous visits to the house have only partially fixed the issues, and that work remains incomplete despite several attempts to contact the Council and her landlord. Adding that she wants the issues addressed once and for all, she says:

“I don’t feel safe at all. I’m losing family and friends, because they won’t visit me. I don’t think I can put up with it much longer, especially with summer coming.

“I’m annoyed and angry, because I have a right to have liveable conditions. I shouldn’t have to be scared or feel unsafe in my own home. This is serious.”

A representative for Cork City Council was unavailable for comment as of going to print.

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