Saturday 24 March 2018

Serious sewage issue a health risk for tenants left in overcrowded home

The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

There is a serious sewage problem at the house which was crammed with up to 70 people.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said purported insurance cover for the property and anyone in it would have been invalidated because of gross over-occupancy.

She said nine tenants still living at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, faced health and fire risks.

The judge ordered landlord Christian Carter to have the remaining tenants rehoused by 5pm tomorrow and to see to it that officials of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council were allowed unhindered access.

The Irish Independent previously exposed how this property was dangerously overcrowded.

Read more: 'Caretaker' wearing balaclava refused county council access to property where up to 70 tenants were living - court hears

Judge Linnane had directed that the house be cleared of residents by noon yesterday, but was told there were still nine remaining.

"They will be safer sleeping on couches somewhere than in that house," she said.

Michael Binchy, who appeared with solicitor Kevin O'Higgins for the owner of the house, Richard Stanley (85) of The Pines, Glenamuck Road, Glenamuck, Dublin 18, said his client had been unaware of the situation.

Mr Stanley's son rented the property to Mr Carter, who has addresses at Dunedin Drive, Monkstown, and at Grove Park, Rathmines, for €4,000 a month.

Fran Rooney, who appeared for Mr Carter, told Judge Linnane his client was doing everything possible to rehouse the remaining nine tenants. The judge adjourned proceedings until Monday.

Irish Independent

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