A LIMERICK family who subjected their neighbours to a campaign of intimidation, forcing some residents to leave their homes in fear, have until the end of the month to pack their bags and leave their council house.
An appeal by the family to have a possession order for their house at Fairview Crescent, Garryowen, overturned, was struck out by Judge Petria McDonnell at the Circuit Civil Court.
Limerick City Council applied for the possession order over concerns that the estate was in danger of ‘turning into a ghetto’, according to a tenancy enforcement officer, because of the actions of the family who had threatened, harrassed and assaulted their neighbours, and caused damage to property, including houses and cars.
Judge McDonnell affirmed the district court order, and told the family, they have until August 1, to vacate the property.
CCTV cameras, linked directly to Henry Street Garda Station where activity in Fairview Crescent will be monitored 24 hours a day, will be installed in the estate this week, to ensure there is no further trouble in the three weeks leading up to the family’s eviction.
The judge’s decision to throw out the appeal has been described by a councillor as a warning to other families engaging in similar behaviour, that the council is not afraid of securing their eviction and will pursue them in the courts.
“I’ve always said once we get one eviction through, other people who are also causing mayhem, and there are a small number of families around the city who are doing this; when they recognise that they can no longer look for the court to allow them to continue as they have been, they’ll change their mind, they’ll change their attitude and they’ll change their tune,” said Cllr John Gilligan. “If they don’t, Limerick City Council will have no option but to go after these people as well.”