Dozens living in cramped 'hostel' must vacate within days, says judge
Dozens of occupants of an "unauthorised hostel" will have to leave the premises within days following a court order.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane heard The Pines in Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, Dublin, has South American and eastern European people living in dangerous, unhealthy and cramped conditions.
The court heard it was being rented by its owner Richard Stanley, to a Christian Carter.
Barrister Michael Binchy, for Mr Stanley, said his client was an elderly man in his 80s and in poor health. Mr Stanley had rented the property to Mr Carter, with addresses at Dunedin Drive, Monkstown, Co Dublin, and at Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin, and had been unaware of the situation.
Counsel said Mr Stanley was consenting to orders sought by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council restraining the continued use of the house as a multi-occupancy dormitory property.
Barrister Liam O'Connell, who appeared with law agent Dorothy Kennedy for the local authority, said Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was also seeking to join Mr Carter to the proceedings.
Mr O'Donnell told Judge Linnane that the residents were aware of the proceedings "coming down the track" and of various inspections of the premises by the local authority. The court heard they expected they would have to vacate the premises.
The court has heard that one room in the basement contained 11 bunk beds and a second room contained five bunk beds and two double beds. There were electrical extension cables across the floor.
Judge Linnane joined Mr Carter as a respondent to the proceedings and granted the local authority an order to cease unauthorised development at the property by midday on Wednesday, February 1.
The judge ordered that court documents be served on Mr Carter at his two addresses and also on the occupants at the Lehaunstown house.
She adjourned the matter to Thursday.