Judge adjourns noise case

A JUDGE told both sides in a dispute over noise from a washing machine that life was too short to spend at “war with neighbours”.

A JUDGE told both sides in a dispute over noise from a washing machine that life was too short to spend at “war with neighbours”.

Judge William Hamill advised the parties to the case: “Life is too short. People have to live there for a considerable time. Being at war with neighbours will not make it pleasant, regardless of who is right or wrong.”

The judge made the comments to Dundalk neighbours Mary Amanda Kierans, of Cois Cormack, Saltown, and Judith Berki on Thursday, August 11.

Ms Kierans was accused of breaking an undertaking she gave to Dundalk District Court on June 2 when a case about the noise was put back to October 6.

A previous hearing was told Ms Kierans had the machine on at 3am on June 25 and midnight on June 26 in breach of the undertaking.

She denied switching on the machine on both dates, claiming she was at a wedding on one of the dates. According to Ms Berki, who brought the proceedings, four sets of tenants moved out of the apartment because of the late-night noise from the machine.

Judge William Hamill told the court he wanted the layout of the respective properties clarified before he ruled on the case, and adjourned the matter until August 25. He also suggested Ms Kierans visit the other apartment to get an idea of the noise with the machine turned on.