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Homeless mum-of-seven who slept in Garda station offered flat by council

Margaret Cash and six of her kids (from left) Johnny (11), Miley (7), Jim (4), Rocky (2), Andy (1) and Tommy (10)
Margaret Cash and six of her kids (from left) Johnny (11), Miley (7), Jim (4), Rocky (2), Andy (1) and Tommy (10)

By Rachel Farrell

A homeless woman and her young children who slept at a Garda station have been offered accommodation by South Dublin County Council.

Margaret Cash was told a three-bedroom apartment in Dublin city will be made available to her and her seven children from today.

Ms Cash said she is "really happy" at being offered the housing.

The 28-year-old made headlines last week after photos emerged of six of her children, between the ages of one and 11, sleeping on chairs in Tallaght Garda Station.

She spent last Wednesday at the station due to no suitable accommodation being available at the time.

Speaking on RTE Radio One yesterday, Ms Cash said she was offered a week's trial in a three-bedroom apartment from today onwards.

"The council rang back this morning saying that come Friday they will have a three-bedroom apartment in town somewhere.

"There will be a week's trial and then it will be month-on-month after that.

"So I'm happy with that," she said.

"It's better news than what it was last week, when they were expecting me to go night by night again.

"The children will be delighted, they'll be over the Moon."

Speaking on social media comments about her decision to have seven children, Ms Cash said she "doesn't care" what people think.

"When you're a Traveller and you get married, you cook, clean and have kids.

"And I love that, I love my kids and I wouldn't change it for the world," she added.

"I don't really care about what people think."

Ms Cash said she was 15 when she got married and spent her childhood being raised by her aunt in caravans.

She also addressed the backlash against photos of her daughter in an elaborate communion dress, something that she said she "saved hard for".

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