Family forced to sleep under a bridge after eviction

Family forced to sleep under a bridge after eviction from their home in Limerick City, Ireland, at the weekend.

John Johnson (54) claims he, his sons and the girlfriend of one of them, were left “walking the streets” after bailiffs gave them “half an hour” to get out of their home on Saturday, October 10.

When he asked them “what about Covid-19?” they replied they were “only doing their job”.

Mr Johnson claims they were intimidating, wore masks, and covered the property and their belongings in bleach.

A lack of available bed spaces meant he was unable to find emergency accommodation, and they were all forced to sleep under a bridge.

The distraught father said he has worked all his life in the bar trade before getting onto a
community employment scheme for three years and got another job in a pub.

He was there a week before it was closed due to Covid.

Mr Johnson said he is entitled to “the weekly Covid payment but I haven’t received it in two weeks.”

He said he and his sons David and Adam, both 29, as well as David’s girlfriend Debbie Moloney, 36, wrapped themselves in blankets and slept under Sarsfield Bridge Saturday night and Sunday night.

The spot is just feet from where John’s brother Jimmy died by suicide in the River Shannon in 2010.

Mr Johnson said he is “freezing”, his “heart is breaking” and he has no idea what to do after losing the home which has been in the family for 60 years.

Last February the High Court ruled that a financial fund was entitled to possession of the Johnson’s home under a “lifetime” mortgage obtained by Mr Johnson’s father Larry, eight years before his death in 2015, reports

The lifetime mortgate was taken out by his father as a condition for getting a loan, which Mr Johnson says he cannot afford to pay back.

Local Independent councillor, Frankie Daly said he was trying to help source accommodation for the family, calling the situation “appalling”.

And Mr Johnson and his family were speaking with Limerick City and County Council today  to try to find somewhere to stay.

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    • Helen

      12 October 2020 • 22:42

      Presumably this is about the sad eviction of john Johnson and his adult family.
      I wonder why he or one of the adults didn’t contact their local representative , surely it would be cheaper for the council to have taken over the house, such a small mortgage. Sounds like there is a lot of sad instability in Johns background. I will admit I am having difficulty understanding the 2 sons and a girlfriend ‘ s place in this sad eviction. Hope a solution is found.


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