Family to be evicted after 400 complaints made by neighbours
Published 12/02/2010 | 05:00
Up to 400 complaints have been received by gardai about the anti-social behaviour of a Dublin family, a judge heard yesterday.
Dublin City Council was given permission at Dublin Circuit Court yesterday to put its tenants -- the O'Hare family -- out of their council home at 59 Berryfield Road, Finglas, Dublin.
However, Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery granted Paula O'Hare, who lives in the house with her daughter Sabrina, a stay of two months before the council moves in to repossess the rented property.
The court heard the council was looking for a warrant for possession on the grounds that Mrs O'Hare and "members of the household" had engaged in anti-social behaviour.
The application had initially been made last December but Judge Deery had asked for detailed evidence to ensure the council was not "capriciously or whimsically" seeking legal termination of the tenancy.
The court was told there had been between 300 and 400 complaints made to gardai about members of the O'Hare family.
There were also 196 convictions obtained in court against four members of the family, mainly for road traffic offences.
City Housing Manager Michael Clarke said complaints, including alleged threatening behaviour and harassment of neighbours, went back as far as 1998.
In turn Mrs O'Hare had complained to the council that gardai were constantly harassing members of her family.
The judge said he had heard evidence of a garda search of the house in which ecstasy and other tablets had been found.
"It is a sad state of affairs but the evidence is very compelling.
"There has been substantial difficulty encountered in the area in relation to the children in particular that has been amply set out ... in evidence," the judge said.