Firebomb mother saddened by rehousing objections

THE mother of Millie and Gavin Murray, who were badly burned in a Limerick firebomb attack, said last night she was saddened that residents in an estate in the city have objected to the family being rehoused there.

The Irish Examiner revealed last Saturday that some residents have objected to the Murrays being rehoused in their neighbourhood.

Limerick City Council has identified a house which will meet the special needs of the family.

However, some people in the area who have learned the house is being acquired for the Murray family have voiced opposition.

Limerick City Council director of housing, Pat Dowling, refused to comment on the opposition.

He said: “I am determined to have a suitable home for Sheila Murray and her children in time for Christmas.”

Sheila moved out of Moyross with her four other children, aged between 17 and 12 months, after the attack on September 10 and they have been living with relatives.

She has vowed never to return to Moyross.

Sheila said last night she could not understand how people who never met her or her family could object to them getting a house.

Sheila said: “I just want to get a proper home for Millie and Gavin and get them home and allow them get on with their lives. We didn’t ask for what happened to them to happen. All we want is to live in peace. When we lived in Moyross I got on with everybody and had never trouble or anything like that.”

Sheila said if anybody has a problem with the family moving into an area she would be glad to meet them.

Sheila said: “I don’t even know where the house is and the people there could not even know us. I just want my children to be happy and they are so excited about moving into their new home. That is all I want: my children to be happy and to get on with their lives as best they can.

“They just want to go home. I didn’t think they would ever be coming home. I thought Gavin, especially, would never be coming home as he was so bad and was given no hope for the first 24 or 48 hours.”

Limerick City Council officials and executives from the Health Service Executive held a case conference in Limerick yesterday on the Murray family and it is understood the housing situation for the family was high on the agenda.

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