Judge tells squabbling tenants 'life is too short'
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
A JUDGE yesterday told both sides in a dispute over noise from a washing machine that allegedly forced tenants out of an apartment block that life was too short to spend at "war with neighbours".
Mary Amanda Kierans, of Cois Cormack, Saltown, Dundalk, was accused of breaking an undertaking she gave to Dundalk District Court on June 2 when a case about the noise was put back to October 6. A previous hearing was told Ms Kierans had the machine on at 3am on June 25 and midnight on June 26 in breach of the undertaking.
She denied switching on the machine on both dates, saying she was at a wedding on one of the dates.
Judith Berki, who brought the proceedings, said four sets of tenants moved out of the apartment because of the late-night noise from the machine.
Judge William Hamill said he wanted the layout of the respective properties clarified before he ruled on the case, and adjourned the matter until August 25.
However, Judge Hamill advised the parties to the case: "Life is too short. People have to live there for a considerable time. Being at war with neighbours will not make it pleasant, regardless of who is right or wrong."
He also suggested that arrangements be made for Ms Kierans to visit the other apartment to get an idea of the noise with the machine turned on.