Family of eight in Tralee face the prospect of living in a one-bedroom home for Christmas

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A family of eight in Tralee face the prospect of living in a one-bedroom flat for Christmas.

Iraqi national Habieb Almrhidj, who has lived in Ireland since 2010, was recently reunited with his family after seven years of separation.

The State granted him subsidiary protection status, which allows him to live in Ireland as he would be at risk of serious harm if he returned to Iraq.


Mr Almrhidj, his wife and six children, were offered accommodation by Kerry County Council in a rural location, however, the family refused it because they need to live close to a hospital.

Maresa Fagan, an investigative journalist with TheDetail.tv, says Mr Almrhidj and his family have found themselves in a bittersweet situation.