Limerick’s Serinna Corbett sparks huge debate across web

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE case of a Moyross woman who featured in Monday’s Limerick Leader seeking a bigger house for her family has sparked a huge debate online.

THE case of a Moyross woman who featured in Monday’s Limerick Leader seeking a bigger house for her family has sparked a huge debate online.

Serinna Corbett of Cliona Park is living in a three bedroom house with her husband and four children. But with her fifth child due this summer, she has been in contact with Limerick City Council seeking a four bedroom house on the northside.

Her main complaint is the fact her 18-month-old baby son Brian has been forced to share a bedroom with her eldest son Jordan, 13.With Jordan suffering from fits due to his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, she says none of her children have enjoyed a peaceful nights sleep in months. She cannot put Jordan in the same room as her two other youngsters, because she says the drugs he is on causes harm

Her case has polarised opinion on our web site, with dozens of comments as the Leader went to press last night. It has also sparked discussion on radio shows across the nation, with opinion split.

Many people have criticised Serinna for her lifestyle, and have suggested she is a burden on the tax payer. A number have also discovered her on Facebook, and criticised her for mentioning she is taking a summer sun holiday on her status.

Others have pointed out the difficulties she faces caring for a 13-year-old son with ADHD, and encouraged those posting critical comments to “live a day in her shoes.” Serinna has even taken to our comments board to defend her position, as well as speaking on 4FM on Monday night, and Spin South West yesterday. She said: “My husband and myself play a big role in the community. I am going to be a mature student in midwifery [at UL]. It’s not as if I am a layabout.” She is “agitated with people suggesting I am living off the dole. I actually worked for Enable Ireland before I gave up work because of Jordan. I was helping disabled people, so it annoys me if people say I never worked a day.” Serinna admitted she is taking her family to Spain this summer, but added: “It’s not like I am going out drinking, and smoking each weekend, or I am a drug addict. I actually put away €20 each week. The holiday I am going costs only €267 for the apartments, and €800 for flights with Ryanair. I haven’t even booked these flights yet - I am trying to put money away every week to pay for them.”Serinna confirmed she is taking legal advice with a view to taking action against Limerick City Council. She wants €2,000 as a repayment for when she was forced to pay for a new floor, paint works, and the clothes she had to replace as a result.