Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cathal MacCarthy: State has to stop housing these anti-social thugs

Cathal MacCarthy

IT'S the original suburban horror movie where some well-known, loosely connected criminal collective, designated 'a family', can move into that three-bedroom semi-d, right next door to you. Effectively free, gratis, and for nothing.

The buy-to-let landlord is only delighted to be getting the government money, so even if you track him down -- and, by the way, under the Data Protection Scheme, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is under no obligation to give you his identity -- then he's probably not going to be that concerned with what his tenants get up to. Oh! And he doesn't live on the estate himself; he lives out near one of the golf clubs.

Welcome to Limerick, where a manifestly unfair and counterproductive system is busy working its way towards its squalid, inexorable conclusion.

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