Homeless former soldier living in car in Dublin reveals she's facing an operation for nerve damage with nowhere to stay

Despite the potential operation, Terry claimed that she is not expected to be given accommodation for at least another six months.

A former soldier who is homeless and has been living in her car in Dublin has revealed she will be bed-bound for five weeks after an upcoming operation

Terry O’Reilly said last week that she has been living in her car in Shankill for more than a year.

The 34-year-old has now revealed that she is facing an operation to address nerve damage that will leave her bed-ridden for five weeks without anywhere to stay.

She told Claire Byrne Live on Monday: "It's gruesome.

"I have nerve damage all down my right side, I'm on medication that addicts would go after if they could get their hands on it, my mother self-medicates me.

"Basically I'm in a car on medication, with nerve damage, waiting for an MRI that's going to come up on the 16th of this month so they can then put me forward for an operation.

I need to be able to have somewhere to go, when I come out of this operation I'm going to be bed-bound for five weeks.

"I'm looking for either accommodation on the south side in one of the homeless units, or else any accommodation on the south side.

"My fight has never been to get a home on the south side, it's just to be put into a homeless unit on the south side where my support system is, where my doctors are, and where my family that support me and get me through most days are."

Despite the potential operation, Terry claimed that she is not expected to be given accommodation for at least another six months.

She added: "Not even a home, just homeless accommodation on the south side, which I have been told I'll be lucky if I get within the next six to eight months.

"They [the Council] basically have said that I didn't make enough of an effort to get down to them, but in the last year and a half I've been putting myself through college and working for HR of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

"So the hours that I've been in college and working, are the hours that they're open.

"They had me over a barrel really, so I had no choice but to carry on my course to get the degree and what I wanted.

"So now I'm only starting to actually step up and fight for what I should have been fighting for from the start."

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was contacted by the Irish Mirror but it said it was unable to comment on individual cases.

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