19 November 2018
Ireland Special Story World News

Margaret Cash and six of her children

Margaret Cash and six of her children – aged between one and 11 – stayed at Tallaght Garda station after emergency homeless services were unable to find beds for them.
Cash has been homeless for over a year and has had to stay in a police station three times when she couldn’t find anywhere to go.
She had circulated pictures of her children on social media to highlight the conditions faced by homeless in Ireland.
Cash has been criticised by members of Renua, the Irish alt-right party, for inciting untoward social activism.
In a Tweet that was later deleted by the party, they drew an analogy between Cash and Rosa Parks, the black civil rights icon who famously refused to give up her seat on a segregated public bus in America.
Half of families sleeping in Garda stations are part of the Irish ‘traveller’ community, or Romanians. The disproportionate numbers affected reflects a social inequality in the country.
Cash had to stay in Tallaght Garda station last week with six of her children, and has since rejected an offer of emergency accommodation for Monday night by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) as it is “totally unsuitable”.
The DRHE are only able to afford one-night stays in emergency accommodation, meaning Cash would have to move all her belongings into a house with her children and vacate the premises again the next day, thus repeating the cycle.
She will remain in temporary emergency accommodation provided by the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group.

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