Wednesday, October 02, 2019

HORROR stories of neighbours from hell have led to urgent calls for the eviction of some council tenants from local housing estates.

In one case, a pregnant woman was threatened that her throat would be cut. CCTV cameras are torn down, children’s bikes are stolen and smashed and dirty nappies are dumped on the green.

In another estate, residents are terrified by machete fights, car chases and wild parties. One man was struck in the face with a slingshot as he stood at his bedroom window. Dogs are trained on the green late at night and both children and parents have been beaten up and threatened.

A shocking litany of intimidation was given to the latest meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District by councillors, who said they are getting constant complaints from frightened residents.

The level of fear is such that councillors want culprits to be evicted from their council homes. One councillor also wants a three-strike rule, whereby evicted tenants are taken off the housing list for a year after their third offence.

The problem was raised by cllr Aisling Moran, who said anti-social behaviour is rampant in council estates all over Laois and there should be a three-strike rule against offending tenants.

Cllr Moran said there are particularly serious problems at Heather Hill Square in Graiguecullen, where residents are “terrorised”. Other councillors reported similar problems in Portarlington, where crime and anti-social behaviour have reached “life-threatening” levels.

Cllr Aidan Mullins noted that council tenants are garda vetted before they are offered a house. He remarked: “How some of these assholes get through the garda vetting procedure is beyond me.”

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By Carmel Hayes
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