Sunday 18 August 2019

Pregnant woman loses home after all-night parties

Zoe Byrne leaving court after the case. Photo: Courtpix
Zoe Byrne leaving court after the case. Photo: Courtpix

Ray Managh

A 23-year-old pregnant woman, who made life intolerable for her neighbours due to her antisocial lifestyle, has lost her local authority home on the direction of a judge.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said the behaviour of Zoe Byrne, of Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Co Dublin, was "nothing short of a disgrace" and granted Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council a possession order that will leave Ms Byrne homeless this Christmas.

She said in the Circuit Civil Court that Ms Byrne was only 10 days in her attractive, modern apartment at Pearse Street when the first complaint from neighbours started to arrive at the council offices.

Judge Linnane said Ms Byrne had made herself homeless by her behaviour with all-night-long parties, where party-goers kept up a constant din of shouting, jumping and loud music.

She said two of Ms Byrne's neighbours, one of whom suffered from MS and had four children to look after, had told the court life was intolerable following Ms Byrne's arrival.

Ms Byrne had been taken before the district court where the judge, despite having heard a litany of anti-social activities, had given her a last chance following an undertaking to the court that she would change her ways.

Liam O'Donovan, a manager in the council's housing department, said that Ms Byrne had not lived up to her word, and she had received visits and written warnings about her behaviour.

On one occasion, armed gardaí had to be called to Ms Byrne's home to remove a man who had no right to be there.

Judge Linnane said that Ms Byrne had appealed a decision of the district court, which had granted the council a possession order after she had breached the undertaking she had given earlier.

Ms Byrne told the court that she had a drugs and drink problem, but had now mended her ways.

Judge Linnane dismissed Ms Byrne's appeal, and refused to grant her a stay before the possession order takes effect.

The judge also made an order for costs against her.

Irish Independent

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