THE landlord of an apartment complex has played down residents’ concerns of drug usage in the building.
A fire which broke out in Mahon House, William Street, has been blamed on people accessing the building, and using the stairwells and corridors to take drugs.
The incident has led to calls for Limerick City Council to take ownership of housing stock in the city with many HSE tenants in place.
But landlord Marcus McNamara said any drug abuse taking place in Mahon House is not from residents.
“There are occasionally problems, as in all apartment blocks in Limerick. The building is run efficiently, and run very well. We have issues where undesirables gain access to the building externally. They are not living there, and when they are there, we throw them out. Security are on the ground, and they deal with it as quickly as they can,” he said.
The comments come as one resident, who did not wish to be identified, spoke of his frustration at a lack of action on the issue.
The man, a city council tenant, says it is “hit and miss” whether he gets sleep some night.
“People chat loudly outside my door. There is drug paraphernalia everywhere. I have a convicted heroin dealer next door to me. We have been on to the guards, we have been onto the community gardai, we have been onto the drug squad, we have spoken to the HSE. But it is like the story of the priest and the altar boy: no-one wants to know,” the man said.
Cllr Maurice Quinlivan said he was disappointed at a lack of intervention from the HSE, saying he does not believe they have a proper understanding of the situation.
“What we need to see is all social housing in the remit of City Council. The HSE cannot operate a hospital, not to mind housing,” he said.