Woman loses €38,000 vermin damages case
A HOUSEWIFE who claimed rats and mice that infested her house had played in her grandchild's buggy yesterday lost a €38,000 damages case.
Marie Lord had brought a case to the Circuit Civil Court against South Dublin County Council, claiming the infestation caused distress in her family home over 18 years.
But Judge Matthew Deery said her landlord had done nothing wrong and that she should have taken proceedings against a neighbour.
Ms Lord, who sued the local authority for negligence and nuisance, told the court she had found rat and mouse droppings in her grandchild's pram, in her daughter's bed, and in the hot press.
She said carpets, curtains, linen, towels and furniture had been damaged, and had to be replaced.
The court heard Ms Lord had made several complaints over 18 years about vermin infestation in her home at Lealand Walk, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin.
She claimed a neighbouring council house had deteriorated to such an extent that rats and mice had infested the premises.
The judge dismissed the case but made no order of costs against Ms Lord.