Fire survivors get temporary accommodation

The 15 people left homeless by the Carrickmines fire have moved into temporary emergency accommodation two weeks after the tragedy which claimed the lives of 10 relatives.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council chose the site after difficulties emerged over the preferred location at a fully serviced greenfield site.

The council last week identified a carpark it owns next to a works depot at Ballyogan, where staff and contractors spent a number of days making it ready for the 11 adults and four children to move in. The site did not have a sewerage connection, which was why it was not proposed before the planned move to Rockville Drive ran into problems over residents’ concerns about temporary accommodation.

The families have been given three-bedroomed mobile homes, which are connected to water and electrical services. They spent some time in temporary accommodation near Wexford town before moving in at the weekend.

The site is a 15-minute walk from where they had been living at Glenamuck Road up to the tragedy on October 9. Southside Travellers’ director Geraldine Dunne said what the families need most at this time is privacy to begin the difficult process of rebuilding their lives.

Thomas and Sylvia Connors, and their children Jim, Christy, and Mary were buried in Wexford town on Friday. Last Tuesday, Willie Lynch, his partner Tara Gilbert, their daughters Jody and Kelsey, and Willie’s brother Jimmy were buried in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said last week that, once converted, the site where the homeless families are being accommodated would have all appropriate safety measures, to include fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, lighting, CCTV, perimeter fencing, site monitoring, and maintenance.

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