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Limerick family forced to flee after threats

The house in Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, left, where the Conway family resided at one time

The house in Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, left, where the Conway family resided at one time

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

A LIMERICK family forced to flee their home due to gang threats and intimidation are hoping their test case against the State could be heard before the end of next month.

Eugene and Eileen Conway, formerly of Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra-Weston, with their four children, left their home last December, after contacting the regeneration agencies for assistance in 2010 and lodging numerous complaints, which they felt went unanswered.

They are taking a civil case against Limerick City Council, who took over the work of the city’s regeneration agencies, and the Environment Minister, who oversaw its implementation.

As the intimidation and threats around their home escalated, the family requested a transfer to another area and were informed they would be paid for their home by the regeneration agencies. The going rate at the time for such properties was in the region of €30,000.

The family now live elsewhere in rented accommodation, but are still paying a mortgage on the property in Ballinacurra Weston.

The Conways claim that Limerick City Council has been negligent in dealing with 25 plus individual complaints and failed to take steps to control and expel certain persons living in the local authority areas close to their home.

They also claim that their constitutional rights have not been upheld.

 

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