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Family can be kicked out over 400 complaints

Up to 400 complaints have been made to gardai about the behaviour of a Dublin family, a judge has heard.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery told Dublin City Council officials that they could put the O'Hare family out of their address on Berryfield Road, Finglas, Dublin.

He granted Paula O'Hare, who lives in the house with her daughter Sabrina, a stay of two months before the council can move in to repossess the rented property.

Barrister Carol O'Farrell, counsel for the local authority, said the council was seeking a warrant for possession under Section 62 of the Housing Act 1966 on the grounds that Paula O'Hare and "members of the household" had engaged in anti-social behaviour.

The application had initially been made in December last but Judge Deery had asked for detailed evidence to ensure the council was not "capriciously or whimsically" seeking legal termination of the tenancy simply by the service of a valid Notice To Quit.

Garda Patricia Doyle told the court that in her eight years service at Finglas Garda Station, there had been up to 400 complaints made to the guards about members of the O'Hare family.

She said there had been 196 convictions obtained in court against four members of the family, mainly for road traffic offences.

City Housing Manager Michael Clarke said complaints, including alleged threatening behaviour and harassment of neighbours, went back as far as 1998.

In turn, Paula O'Hare had complained to the council that gardai were constantly harassing members of her family.

Judge Deery said he had heard evidence of a garda search of the house in which Ecstasy and other tablets had been found.