The heartbroken family and friends of a young mother who committed suicide have blamed her local council for failing to find her a place to live with her two sons.
Danielle Carroll, aged 27, was found dead in emergency accommodation in the Leixlip House Hotel in Dublin, on Wednesday, after a seven year wait on the housing list.
She had been about to move into a place offered to her by South Dublin County Council but was wary as the previous tenant had taken their own life.
It was a last minute substitute property after the home she had set her heart on fell through.
Danielle’s mother Margaret told the Irish Herald: ‘It was a boarded-up house and Danielle knew the previous tenant in it had taken her own life in the house.
‘She was that desperate to have somewhere to live that she accepted it and was finally looking forward to moving in – only for her hopes to be dashed.
‘She felt it was a hopeless situation. She was struggling. She went off the rails with worry and she would say that nobody cared about her. We had to tell (her son) DJ last night. How do you tell a seven-year-old boy he’ll never see his mammy again?
‘We’re finding it hard enough to deal with and we are adults.’
Danielle had been on the housing list with the county council since she became pregnant with her son DJ, who is now seven.
Danielle’s best friend, Linda Woods, said the tragic mother was ‘horrified’ at the substitute home offered to her by the council on an estate in Lucan village – and that she spoke of fearing for her life at the thought of moving there.
Linda told the Herald: ‘The back door was burned, where someone had set fire to it, and there had been people sleeping rough in it. She also said there was a lot of anti-social behaviour and she didn’t want to bring the boys up there.
‘She thought she would be going backwards. She said the council told her if they did not accept it, she would lose her emergency accommodation.
‘She pleaded with the council. She told them she’d end up dead, she told us too. She just couldn’t take it.’
A Dublin county council spokesman said Danielle’s family asked them not to comment on the matter.
Source : Metro UK
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