Residents from the Hallidays Mills apartments have voiced their frustration over what they see as a lack of action being taken to tackle problems of anti-social behaviour in the Quay Street complex.
Speaking at Dundalk Joint Policing Committee meeting in The Lisdoo on Wednesday night, one woman complained that “no action’ had been taken to tackle drugs and alcohol in the complex.
Residents had been evacuated from the complex the previous night due to a fire in a ground floor apartment which is being investigated by Gardai.
There are families with young children and people with disabilities were being taken advantage off, said one woman, who wanted a greater presence by the Community Gardai in the area.
She claimed that “nothing is done when we report anything to management”.
Louth County Council's Director of Housing Services, Paddy Donnelly replied that no later than that day, the local authority had discussion with Cooperative Housing Ireland, the approved housing body which manages the complex.
"A number of actions are in line but they do take some time,” he continued.
There had been a number of evictions from that development and a number of others were pending. Other actions are planned for the coming weeks.
While there were “a number of challenging individuals” living in the developments, he stressed that most tenants were abiding by their tenancy agreements.
The Community Gardai had done a lot of work in relation to the problems in the development, and were working with Louth County Council and the management of the apartment complex on issues that had been brought forward by residents, Supt Charlie Armstrong told the meeting.
He said that the Community Gardai spend a lot of time there and discussions were ongoing.
Cllr Kevin Meenan said that the problems stemmed from how the apartments had been allocated and this was something they would have to address in future as apartment blocks are going up all over town. They also need to look at how such developments are policed.
"Sometimes we get it wrong,” he said. “We reap what we sow.”
He forecast “a mass exodus” from the apartments as there were “huge health and safety issues” due to what was happening in the complex.
Cllr Maeve Yore was of the view that the local authority, gardai and approved housing bodies need to update a strategy in relation to anti-social behaviour.
"It is on the rise and action is needed.”
Supt Armstrong stated that anti-social behaviour was being addressed by the gardai and Louth County Council. There had been 222 incidents investigated so far this year, which stemmed from individuals being targeted by gardai.