Family evicted from house in Limerick housing estate

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

AN eviction took place yesterday in the estate of Fairview Crescent in Garryowen, the second repossession order carried out by Limerick City Council in an estate troubled by anti-social behaviour.

AN eviction took place yesterday in the estate of Fairview Crescent in Garryowen, the second repossession order carried out by Limerick City Council in an estate troubled by anti-social behaviour.

Gardai accompanied the official carrying out the court order repossession in Fairview Crescent this Tuesday. It was served on a woman who had lived in the house for more than ten years.

The woman had a number of children and had previously lived at addresses in the city. She moved into the house in 2001.

A court order was issued in July of last year to repossess the house, but a stay of six months was put on it. The order was granted for anti-social behaviour reasons.

A special meeting of Limerick City Council was recently told that up to 20 people had to flee from the estate after being the subject of intimidation.

This is the second eviction to take place in the estate, and Kieran Lehane, director of housing with the Council, who has just been appointed the new city manager, said that there were no further repossession orders pending.

“There has been an issue in relation to anti social behaviour in that estate,” he explained.

“The tenancy enforcement unit received complaints of anti-social behaviour and we try as much as possible to resolve those through dialogue, mediation and reconciliation between people, if we can at all. But if all of that fails, there are legal remedies available to the council.”

The house was secured after the eviction to prevent burglaries and damage to it. CCTV cameras have been installed in the area, which are being monitored by gardai.

Mr Lehane said that it was “still a matter of concern” to the council that residents had felt forced to leave the estate because of anti-social behaviour in Fairview Crescent.

He added that the repossession was carried out peacefully and stressed this action was a “last resort” for the council.