LIMERICK County Council is seeking to have four men barred from housing estates in Newcastle West in a bid to clamp down on serious anti-social behaviour.
The council made applications at Newcastle West Court for exclusion orders against brothers Dermot and John Ryan, from Sharwood, and brothers Thomas and Dan McCarthy, from Castleview.
It is the first time that the county council has ever sought to exercise its power under housing legislation to forbid a person from entering one of its estates.
Solicitor Will Leahy, acting behalf of the county council, said that the local authority has finally decided to seek orders against the four men in response to ongoing “anti social behaviour”.
The four, Mr Leahy said, are the “offspring” of long-term tenants in each estate. “This is the first time Limerick County Council has exercised its powers” relating to exclusion orders, he added.
Solicitor Michael O’Donnell, acting on behalf of all four men, requested that the application be adjourned until January as two of the men, Thomas McCarthy and John Ryan, are currently “serving long term prison sentences”.
Mr O’Donnell said that due to the seriousness of the application, both “should be here” in person. Both Dan McCarthy and Dermot Ryan were present in court for the initial hearing.
Judge O’Halloran adjourned the application until next Thursday, December 22 and issued body warrants for both Thomas McCarthy and John Ryan.