Wednesday 13 December 2017

Family is fifth victim of intimidation on estate

Barry Duggan

A FAMILY who fled their home over the weekend following a barrage of intimidation and anti-social behaviour are the fifth set of residents to abandon their neighbourhood this year.

Limerick City Council confirmed last night that the family left their local authority housing in Fairview Crescent, Garryowen, after being subjected to anti-social behaviour and intimidation last week.

Five families have left their homes in Garryowen since January. All had children.

A spokesman for the council said it was pursuing a number of cases through the courts.

The Irish Independent understands that the council is hoping to have two families on the city's southside removed from their local authority homes after they failed to comply with the local tenancy agreement.

One of these families has been at the centre of several garda investigations and a young minor belonging to the family has been before the courts after several incidents. The teen has also been taken out of her mother's care and remanded in a juvenile-detention facility.

In June, the same juvenile was detained after she attacked a home and a car with a pickaxe. Last year, in a separate incident, a dog was shot by a person armed with a shotgun.

Local councillor Kieran O'Hanlon said it was "totally unacceptable that a small number of families can intimidate their neighbours so that they eventually have to leave. It's questionable whether these people should be entitled to a (local authority) house or not."

Irish Independent

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