Council tenant to be evicted from her home

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A LIMERICK woman accused in court of engaging in anti-social behaviour is due to be evicted from a property owned by Limerick City Council.

A LIMERICK woman accused in court of engaging in anti-social behaviour is due to be evicted from a property owned by Limerick City Council.

Limerick District Court heard, during an application made by Limerick City Council, that a woman residing at Fairview Crescent, Garryowen was served with a notice to quit the property on September 9, 2010.

However, she refused to leave the property and an application for possession of the property was made to the court under Section 62 of the Housing Act, the council’s solicitor, Gerard Reidy, told the court.

Oliver O’Loughlin, a tenancy enforcement officer with Limerick City Council, gave evidence in court, regarding the matter and said decisions regarding evictions are made on a “case by case basis”.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy, on behalf of his client, queried whether it was “coincidental” that a number of people had been moved on from this estate.

However, Judge Eamonn O’Brien disputed this point, saying people were constantly being moved on from different parts of the city.

The exact nature of the alleged anti-social behaviour was not disclosed in open court.

Judge O’Brien granted the order, allowing the woman to stay in the property for six months, while also allowing the council liberty to re-enter the matter if necessary.

After the hearing, a spokesperson for Limerick City Council said they cannot comment on specific cases, but said the council affirms its commitment to all communities.

“Where anti-social behaviour is concerned, we’re aware of the rights and responsibilities of individual families and their need for housing. We also aware of the rights and responsibilities of the community, who should be allowed live in peace. We’re aware of our responsibility as a landlord to do whatever we can within the statutory powers available to us to ensure that the tenancy agreements are met,” said the spokesperson.

Earlier this month, at the Circuit Civil Court a family in the same estate were given to the end of this month to pack their bags and leave their council house.