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Neighbours driven mad by dogs and loud music

LOUD music and barking dogs are among the top complaints to councils in Dublin.

Litter and other forms of pollution are also near the top of the list when it comes to rows between neighbours in the city.

Other problems include anti-social behaviour, such as youths drinking in open areas and parks.

Councils also revealed that untidy gardens and cigarette butts being dumped from cars are causing friction in suburbia. South Dublin County Council officials said a large number of complaints have been lodged about illegal dumping and public lighting faults.

"South Dublin Council receives high volumes of different inquiries depending on different times of year," a spokesperson said.

Fingal County Council said illegal signage, overflowing bins, dog fouling and reports of rodents are among the top complaints by Dubliners.

Meanwhile, it seems the British are also experiencing the same irritants as the Irish.

Loud music, balls flying over the fence and noisy children are among the top complaints in the UK. A report found that people playing a loud instrument is a major irritant for 23pc, while 20pc say the most irritating thing is neighbours being nosey and interfering.

One in 10 said neighbours annoy them just for wanting to speak to them, while 20pc are infuriated by neighbours parking in their favourite spots.

Pets, children who are noisy on trampolines or kick balls over the fence are also major irritations, the research by bankers HSBC found.







Nuisance

Martijn Van Der Heijden, head of lending at HSBC, observed: "We can choose our friends but one thing we have little control over is who moves in next door to us.

"While some people choose to strike up a friendship with their neighbours, living in close proximity can also cause its fair share of irritations."

He added, "For those who do have a nuisance neighbour or a problem that cannot be resolved directly, there are a number of ways to settle these, including the help of an independent mediator."

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