Saturday 20 January 2018

Landlady who spied on tenants fears losing home

Tim Healy

A FORMER landlady who kept a number of student tenants under electronic surveillance fears she will lose her home over judgments of some €115,000 against her and her daughter.

Rita McKenna and her daughter Edel were previously ordered by Circuit Court Judge Gerard Griffin to pay damages of more than €115,000 to 10 former tenants.

The court heard they had kept the tenants, who were from all over Ireland, under secret electronic surveillance.

The tenants had rented rooms in 46 Mobhi Road in Glasnevin, Dublin, from the McKennas in 2003 and 2004 while studying at nearby colleges. They became concerned in late 2004 their conversations and activities were being monitored when the McKennas referred to details the students had discussed in private in the house.

When they raised the issue, they were evicted. Wires were later found during a search on December 3, 2004.

In his decision, Judge Griffin said the evidence left him "in no doubt whatsoever" that Ms McKenna and her daughter kept the plaintiffs under "electronic surveillance".

The judge ruled the students' rights to privacy was infringed and awarded damages varying from €7,500 to €12,500 each.

Yesterday, Ms McKenna, representing herself, asked the High Court to make orders which would allow her appeal against the 2007 order.

The case was adjourned until to next month.

Irish Independent

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