Brothers banned from entering council estates in Rathkeale

'It is extremely disturbing,' said Judge Mary Larkin

'It is extremely disturbing,' said Judge Mary Larkin


TWO brothers have been banned from entering every council housing estate in Rathkeale after Limerick County Council was granted formal exclusion orders against them.

Neither Roger Ryan (30) or Thomas Ryan (18), both of Fairhill, Rathkeale contested the application which was made at Limerick Court this Wednesday.

The order names eight housing estates in the town as well as the halting site at Hillview, Rathkeale.

The housing estates cited in the exclusion order are Fairgreen, Fairview, Deel Court, St Mary’s Park, Sli na Milaoise, Cois Daoile, Abbeycourt, and Abbeylands.

Judge Mary Larkin was told the Ryan brothers come from a family of 17 and that their mother, Bridget Ryan, is a tenant of Limerick County Council.

The court was told the local authority previously asked Mrs Ryan to exclude her sons from the family home due to concerns about their antisocial behaviour.

However, a housing official told solicitor Will Leahy, representing Limerick County Council, that Mrs Ryan had refused to do so.

The official said there are continuing concerns in the Rathkeale area in relation to the behaviour of members of the Ryan family.

“There is a palpable fear out there,” said the official who added that the “issue has united both the settled and traveller communities “.

Judge Larkin was told the decision to seek exclusion orders was not taken lightly but that the council fears both Thomas and Roger Ryan will continue to engage in antisocial behaviour in the absence of such an order.

Sgt Niall Flood, who has been attached to Rathkeale garda station for four years, said he knows both men.

He said Thomas Ryan has come to his attention on numerous occasions and has 15 previous convictions.

He told the court he is aware that he has smashed the windows of several properties in the town but added that no complaints were made by the owners of the properties out of fear.

Sgt Flood said Thomas Ryan has also demanded money off “young travellers” and intimidated them by threatening to damage their property.

“It’s my opinion he will continue to engage in antisocial behaviour,” said Sgt Flood.

Judge Larkin was told that Thomas Ryan is currently serving a prison sentence but is due to be released in the coming week,

Roger Ryan is currently in custody in relation to assault charges and is due to appear before Limerick Circuit Court later this month.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy, representing both men, said his clients were not contesting the applications for exclusion orders.

However, he asked that the orders be amended to allow them visit the family home. Judge Larkin agreed and in the case of Roger Ryan she imposed a three-year exlusion order.

An interim order was granted against Thomas Ryan with a review set to take place early in the New Year. Both Roger Ryan and Thomas Ryan were granted legal aid.


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