'Neighbours from hell,' calls for Council to get tough on unruly social housing tenants

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Councillors have called for the local authority to get tough on unruly social housing tenants and "neighbours from hell". 

The matter came up at this month's meeting of Carlow Municipal District when Cllr Andrea Dalton said she had been contacted by residents in a Carlow estate who had "neighbours from hell". 

"And they're our tenants. We need to get tougher," she added. 

Director of Services, Michael Brennan, said interviews for the position of Tenant Liaison Officer are being held next week. 

He said: "No one should have to leave their home because of anti-social behaviour. There are really challenging cases out there with people being harassed and taunted, it's not acceptable. 

"We need to have our i's dotted and t's crossed if we want to get an eviction. We need residents to take notes of anti-social behaviour, times, dates and contact Gardaí and make sure it's recorded on Pulse. 

"It's very resource intensive as well."

Cllr Ken Murnane said he did not know of any case where "Carlow County Council actually evicted anyone for anti-social behaviour" and that's "one of the reasons it's getting out of hand". 

Mr Brennan said eviction is the ultimate sanction and he was not aware when the Council last carried out an eviction "but if we have evict we will".

However, he added that the evidence needs to be there for the courts to grant the eviction. 

Senior Executive Officer, Eamonn Brophy, said he could recall an eviction case brought in the Graiguecullen area and residents were intimidated and did not give evidence as they were "too frightened" and the judge didn't grant the order.