A self respecting sewer rat wouldn’t go in that house

The private rental sector in Ireland is no place for an older person

Mae Robbins, at her home in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Mae Robbins, at her home in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Mae Robbins lives in a studio flat in a terraced house on Dublin’s northside. Her flat is small and stores all her worldly possessions. Though Mae describes it herself as “cramped” – it’s still her home.

However, she now faces the possibility of homelessness, as she is set to be evicted on July 31st. Her landlord recently decided to sell the house, which Mae shares with four other people ranging in age from their 40s to late 70s. She has been looking for somewhere to move since January but, despite viewing 50 places, Mae and her partner have still not found anywhere to live.

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