Homeless mum whose children had to sleep in police station abused online

A homeless mum-of-seven has been forced to defend herself online after powerful pictures showed her children sleeping at a police station. Since the photos were posted on social media, Margaret Cash has been targeted by trolls criticising her number of kids. The 28-year-old has also been asked how she is in poverty but can afford ‘big piss-ups’ – after she posted a photo of a box of beer.

Images of Margaret’s six sons, aged between one and 11, sleeping at a Dublin police station went viral and highlighted Ireland’s homelessness crisis. But some people took issue with Margaret – contacting her on Facebook to criticise her lifestyle.

She told The Irish Sun: ‘There is an awful lot of people who think they know it all, they don’t even know me, they know nothing about me. They’re trying to judge me when they don’t know what it’s like being in this situation. ‘I was sitting in a friend’s house, having a few drinks. Just sitting there. What I done was I just took a picture of a box of beer, that was it, it was just a box of beer. ‘I had a few bottles of beer. The abuse is disgraceful.’

The family was forced to turn to the police station after a charity could not find beds for them for the night. Photos showed the children, some wearing their school uniforms, lying on police station chairs without blankets.

They later secured temporary accommodation lasting until Monday, but the future remains unclear. Margaret said they have been homeless for a year and waiting on a list for housing since the home she was renting was repossessed. Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless shared the photos on social media, writing: ‘This is what this country has succumbed to, this is how homeless services are treating our children.’

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