As the national media report on the sale of Carraig Eden by the Christian church body Irish Assemblies Of God (IAOG), and thus evicting 30 vulnerable men from their homes, the campaign to save the Greystones landmark has increased.
It’s now the turn of Wicklow County Council to appeal to the Christian side of the church.
Now, we all just have to wait and see if IAOG has one.
A Pentecostal denomination with approximately 30 congregations across Ireland, who claim, among their commitments, to ‘share resources for the common good’, had given the residents a deadline for raising the €1.7m they wanted for the large Victorian house down at Greystones’ cove. That money finally came through on a government grant, but the deadline had just passed. And IAOG swiftly had the offer of €3m on the table from a private developer.
Who’s unlikely to have bought it as a gift to the 30 residents, or those working there with the residents, Saol Nua and Tiglin. It’s the latter – a drug, alcohol and gambling addiction charity – that runs the rehabilitation programme for the 30 male residents of Carraig Eden. Women are treated by Tiglin in another location.
It was last Wednesday that the residents received letters from IAOG telling them the property was to be sold and that ‘we must ask you vacate the property’. The deadline for departure is July 31st, 2017. In their statement, Wicklow County Council said of Carraig Eden that the service ‘is not something that is being provided for in the country by another approved housing body’.
For their part, a Tiglin spokesman has called on IAOG to reconsider, so that they can ‘work together to ensure that the long-term needs of the facility’s residents would be addressed by their progression into sustainable, long-term tenancies’.
The good people at Irish Assembles Of God have said they are not prepared to make a statement ‘at this time’.