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Saturday 22 October 2016

'I've witnessed things like seventeen half-naked leprechauns on Paddy's Day' - Man tells Liveline's Joe Duffy of fears after reporting tenants 'offering escort services'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 21/01/2016 | 16:57

‘Liveline' host Joe Duffy
‘Liveline' host Joe Duffy

A man has says he fears for his safety after reporting tenants in his apartment block, who allegedly offered sexual services on Escort Ireland.

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Bryan said he reported the illegal activity to the gardai, the Private Tenancies Residential Board (PTRB) and the management company in his building, but has not yet received a satisfactory response.

"There is just no support for tenants.

"We have been threatened by the tenants of the apartment that are causing the problem.

"One night the landlord pointed at my door so the tenants in question know exactly who I am," he told RTE Radio One's Liveline.

Describing them as the "neighbours from hell" he said that the male tenants live a very extravagant lifestyle.

"We notified the management company as it was very easy to see that there were dozens of men per week visiting a certain apartment.

"In addition my front door, the main door to the building, was being kicked in constantly," he said.

Bryan explained that he took a case to the PRTB in a third party capacity, but they ruled that his landlord has no obligation to protect him or his home.

Following their determination, his landlord put up his rent by €500 per month which was the equivalent of a 50pc increase.

He told Liveline host Joe Duffy that a simple Google search revealed the existence of the brothel in that apartment block.

When asked how he could pinpoint the activity to a particular apartment he said:

"Twelve men in a day - we don't need to be mathematicians to work it out."

He told Liveline that he was informed by Gardai that they were planning to raid the premises in question.

"They informed the relevant landlord and he was fully aware of what his tenants were doing as I had told him.

"I've witnessed things like seventeen half-naked leprechauns on Paddy's Day carrying crates of beer and taking their tops off," he said.

Bryan said that the peaceful enjoyment of a home is guaranteed by the law.

"I fear for my safety," he said.

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