Derry single mum of three waits nine years for house

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A Derry mother of three’s nine year wait for a house suitable for her severely disabled son has come to an end.

Ciara Quinn, (31) and her three children aged ten, 7 and 5 have been living in temporary accommodation for the last nine years but last week she received the news that a purpose built bungalow will be ready for them to move into in October.

Ciara’s eldest child, Caolan is severely autistic and is unable to communicate.

“Caolan has no sense of fear or danger so things as simple as locks on windows, doors and playing outside are massive issue.

“Caolan suffered a serious seizure when he was 15 months old and was left severely disabled - as a result he needs to sleep on a ground floor, amongst other things.

“In the house I am in at the minute, my bedroom is upstairs but most nights I find myself sleeping downstairs just to be near Caolan to make sure he is okay.”

Ciara said the allocation of the purpose built bungalow near Bradley’s Pass will make a significant difference to both her and her children’s lives.

“It’s been so stressful waiting for nine years for this house because it’s something that we as a family have been entitled to.

“I can’t thank councillor Tony Hassan enough and hopefully when we move into our new home we can start to put the last nine years behind us,” she said.

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, assisted Ciara in her pursuit of a suitable house for her son and two other children.

“Whilst I welcome the new builds of social homes in the city, I have very serious concerns about the provision for bungalow type accommodation.

“The housing figures across Derry show that there is a need for bungalow type accommodation for the older members of our community and for people with disabilities.”