Trim councillor Noel French has sensationally claimed that single people in Meath, who are aged over seventy, are more likely to die than to get a house.

He told Meath Live, ” We have a large number of single people on HAP and in need of housing and this needs to be addressed. We have 42 people who are over 70 on the list, in need of housing. But if they are single people, they are more likely to die than to get a house or a home”.

An angry French then revealed that the council is currently working to house applicants from almost two decades ago.

He said, ” In Trim alone, there are 117 single people on the housing list and that the council is currently working on applicants from, believe it or not, 2005! The council is also working on Ashbourne one bed list from 2012 and Dunboyne one bed list from applications made in 2010.

“My colleague Cllr Sarah Reilly, asked the Council, what the average wait time for a one bed unit was? and was informed that the average wait time for a one bed unit is 10 years.

” I actually found this incredible as it is sixteen years in Trim district, look nationally, 52% of applications for housing are single people, this is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently”.

French, a noted historian had a busy Sunday as he was out and about supporting three different fund raising events,

The first was Pom’s Killion head shave for the MS Therapy Centre in Trim, which he said was a “cause close to his heart”.

Killion shaved her head yesterday to raise “much needed” funds for the North East MS Therapy Centre, which provides therapies such as physiotherapy, chiropody, acupuncture and oxygen therapy for those with symptoms of MS. The centre is reported to be struggling to raise funds at the moment.

He moved on to  “Walking 3 marathons in 3 days”, which was walked by four Kildalkey based men: Matthew Cully, Jack Fagan, Daire O’leary and Arsen Martina, in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation, a family led organisation that provides vital information, advice and support on the signs and symptoms of cancer and help prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest stage.

Finally French was to be seen backinStephen Perry’s Summerhill marathon in aid of Jigsaw, a national centre for youth mental health.

 

Links are provided below for those who wish to donate to any of these causes:

 

· Pom Killion’s head shave for the MS Therapy Centre: https://www.gofundme.com/f/poms-head-shave-for-the-ms-therapy-centre-trim?utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer&fbclid=IwAR3P32e2DstU-VE9gDHoVbl5cxe200PwOH1Dksg73rj9F9jwV-frHBHpeqQ

· “Walking 3 marathons in 3 days” for Marie Keating Foundation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/walking-3-days-marathons-in-3-days-for-mkf?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=chat&utm_source=whatsApp

· Stephen Perry’s Marathon for Jigsaw: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11401775_stephen-perry-s-page.html