Traveller banned from Limerick halting site

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Francis Casey has  been excluded from Clonlong Halting Site
A MEMBER of the traveling community has failed in his bid to have an order excluding him from Clonlong halting site in Southill overturned.

A MEMBER of the traveling community has failed in his bid to have an order excluding him from Clonlong halting site in Southill overturned.

During an appeal against the granting of the order, Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Limerick City and County Council sought the exclusion order in July after a company contracted to carry out maintenance at the halting site refused to enter the property because of repeated antisocial behaviour by the 25-year-old, whose wife, children and extended family live at the halting site

An official with the council said some of the company’s employees had been assaulted and threatened by Mr Casey and that one had been stabbed with a screwdriver.

He said over a lengthy period, a number of residents made complaints to the council about Mr Casey’s behaviour but that none were willing to make formal statements or come to court out of fear.

Detective Garda Paul Crowley said there have been a number of serious incidents involving Mr Casey in recent years and gardai are satisfied he intimidated and bullied workers employed by the contractor.

While he agreed with Jack Nicholas BL, that a number of other individuals have also engaged in antisocial behaviour, the detective said Mr Casey was the main aggressor.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that after the exclusion order was granted in July the contractor agreed to return to the halting site and that there have been no major incidents since.

Detective Garda Crowley told solicitor Will Leahy, representing Limerick City and County Council, that gardai received several reports of Mr Casey returning to the halting site despite the exclusion order being in place and that he was found asleep in a caravan at the site in the early hours of August 28, last.

Refusing the appeal, Judge O’Donnell noted that Mr Casey, who is now living at an address in Prospect, was convicted of breaching the terms of the exclusion order within weeks of it being granted.

He refused an application to allow Casey to stay at the halting site over Christmas or to reduce the length of the order.