Jobless dad of eight criticises Limerick council over housing

An unemployed father of eight is calling on Limerick City Council to give his family a bigger house.

An unemployed father of eight is calling on Limerick City Council to give his family a bigger house.

Jason Casey, 42, lives in a three-bedroom home with his wife Vicky and their six girls and two boys.

Mr Casey says he is willing to work but can't find a job.

And he says the couple plan to have more children even though they have been on a housing waiting list for 10 years.

Mr Casey has staged a silent protest outside Limerick City Hall in Limerick for six weeks.

"We have five girls in one room and two boys in the other room and we take the baby in with us," he said.

"We manage, but we shouldn’t have to manage ... not when they [council] have so many houses out there — not when we have the regeneration, not when there’s Nama out there."

Mr Casey, from Glenbrook, Childers Rd, said he doesn’t mind some people saying he shouldn’t have had eight children if he couldn’t afford to house them. "The truth is, I love having babies and my wife loves having babies. I’ll keep having babies."

He said he was looking for a larger house in Garryowen, where five of his children go to school, but that Limerick City Council said it doesn’t have a larger house to give him.

"Ten years on a housing list is long enough. The council are saying they don’t have a house for me. I’ve given up ringing them up. I get to speak to them every three months and the meeting lasts five minutes. They ask me my name and my address and how many kids I have and then I come out and I make another appointment."

Mr Casey said he was promised a larger house by the council five years ago.

"Our Constitution says that we, the people, are entitled to adequate housing, and that’s all I want."

He said he had tried to gain employment as a street hot dog vendor but was refused a licence to trade in the city centre.

A spokesman for Limerick City Council said it doesn’t comment on individual cases.

More than 3,000 people are on its waiting list.

This story courtesy of the Irish Examiner

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