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I pay €1,300 a month but must sleep in my kitchen

THIS is the Dublin man who pays almost €1,300 a month to sleep in his kitchen.

Stressed-out Paul Flanagan says he's been forced to bed down beside his cooker because of noise from mechanical fans outside his bedroom window.

"I've been stressed for years since I bought my apartment. I pay a mortgage of €1,250 a month yet I'm forced to sleep in my kitchen wearing earplugs," he said.

The Dublin hospital staff member said he bought the first floor two-bedroom apartment at the newly built Timbermill complex on the Kilmore Road, Artane, in July 2007.

A shop premises directly underneath the flat had been empty but it opened for business as a convenience store and two fans connected to the shop's fridges were installed on the wall directly below his bedroom window.

After he complained, the fans were moved less than 6ft and they continued to fill his bedrooms with a constant whirring noise.



TIGHT

"It was so bad I slept in my car the first two nights. The noise was torture. Eventually I felt forced by the situation to move out and went to live with my mother for a year," he said.

"It's terrible not being able to sleep in the bedrooms. I went to Beaumont Hospital complaining of a tightness in my chest caused by the stress," he said.

Mr Flanagan said that when the shop closed down in December 2008, the two fans were removed and he moved back into his apartment. But he lived in so much dread of a recurrence of the problem he continued to sleep in the kitchen.

Last November, he was horrified when three new fans were installed near his bedroom window as a new business opened in the shop below.

"It's a nightmare. The constant noise from the fans has been causing me psychological stress," he said.



WHIRRING

Sound engineers have tested noise levels in the bedrooms and they have confirmed there is a problem of the noise of the fans coming through the wall and floor.

Mr Flanagan said he had no problem with the retailer renting the shop and said the owners of the building could solve the problem by moving the fans to the roof of the building.

The 41-year-old is so frustrated by the constant whirring sound that he has now bought a coffin to protest publicly that his new apartment is 'dead' as a place to live normally.

John Keane, who has received complaints from Mr Flanagan on behalf of the owners, refused to comment when contacted by the Herald. Mr Keane, of Freeman Keane Associates, explained that lawyers had advised him not to comment.

Mr Flanagan said: "I've used posters in my windows to protest about this. Now I've bought a coffin which I intend to put on my balcony to show that my apartment is 'dead' as a place to live normally."

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