HSE told girl, 15, living in 'appalling' conditions

A Judge has called on the Health Service Executive to attend the court case of a 15-year-old girl living in “appalling” conditions in a run-down house without heat, electricity or running water.

The Dublin Children’s Court also heard that the girl travels by jumping onto wagons of passing freight trains, putting her life at risk.

The girl, who is originally from Romania, has been charged with failing to comply with a Garda direction under the Public Order Act, to leave the vicinity of the N 7, the Naas road, in Dublin, on a date last month.

The girl has been endangering herself there by begging for money in the middle of three busy lanes of traffic.

Garda Mervin Henson, of Blanchardstown station, who arrested the girl, told Judge Patrick McMahon there were concerns over her and her family’s living conditions.

“They are living in an abandoned house at the side of the train tracks. There’s no running water or electricity.”

“They jump on wagons of freight trains to get into town; someone is going to be killed by doing this.”

Judge McMahon said these were “appalling conditions” and was also told by a probation officer in court that it was a “child welfare matter".

Garda Henson continued, telling the judge that earlier the girl had been given bail on condition that she did not go to the N7 where she had been arrested.

However this condition has been repeatedly broken nearly costing the girl her life.

“We got ten or eleven calls that that she was begging in the middle of three lanes, cars skidded to avoid her,” he said.

Judge McMahon asked for the HSE to attend the case to outline what assistance it can give in relation to the care of the child, who was accompanied to court today by her mother.

He remanded the girl, who has been residing in north Co Dublin, on bail to appear again later saying his request was “urgent".

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