Michael and Phillippa Christie moved to Kerry from the UK with their 16-year old daughter seven years ago.

They found a renovated, two-storey farmhouse outside Killorglin and they have been renting there since then.

Michael works in IT and Phillippa set up her own company. She also works in a local shop.

They say they have settled well in the area, that they've been made feel welcome and they love the community.

Last May, the couple's landlady told them, unexpectedly, that she wanted to move back to Kerry from Dublin, and planned to live in their rented home.

Michael and Phillippa have bought a site elsewhere in Kerry to build their own home, but they haven't as yet secured planning permission and there is no way their new home will be built before they have to move out of their home in Killorglin.

They were given several months' notice to leave their home, and were due to vacate two days before Christmas, on 23 December.

Devastated, they began to look for somewhere else to rent.

But they soon discovered that the variety of properties on the market to rent when they first came to Kerry had disappeared.

After months of trying, they had nothing.

They breathed a sigh of relief when the temporary ban on evictions was introduced by the Government in November.

They continued to look for another rental property but, still, there was nothing.

The announcement by the Government on Tuesday that the ban on evictions won't be continued has ratcheted up the stress and tension for them.

Their landlady has allowed them to stay until after their daughter completes her Junior Certificate exams in June, but then they must leave.

"I feel trapped, devastated and angry," says a clearly stressed Phillippa.

Her husband, Michael adds: "We don't know what we are going to do.

"We are looking around at various options, but the bottom line is we need to be out of here by the middle-to-the-end of June. At this moment in time, we just don't know what we are going to do."

The couple feel there is no support available to them. They have the means to provide their own home and want to do so, but the planning process is painfully slow.

In addition, Michael's salary is above the threshold for them to qualify for social housing.

They would like the Government to address this, and to provide some support for people in a similar situation to them.

"You are told if you work hard you will be able to achieve and you will be able to have a little bit of space," Phillippa says.

"We are doing everything we can. We both work. We both save. We both buy local - we do everything we feel we are supposed to do. We pay our taxes. But when we are in a time of need, where are they (the Government) for us?"

Phillippa and Michael will continue looking for another home to rent, but they are worried.

"How can we work when we are homeless," Phillippa asks. "We are going to be working homeless. That is never a position I thought in my whole life I would be in."