People ‘tortured’ by squatters in derelict houses

Cllr Kevin Meenan

Cllr Kevin Meenan

Residents at Slieve Row Crescent Muirhevnamor are ‘tortured’ by people squatting in boarded up houses on the estate, Cllr Kevin Meenan told Dundalk Town Council.

Some of the houses are burned out and Cllr Meenan wants Dundalk Town Council to take over the houses.

The problem was raised by Cllr Meenan at the monthly meeting of the town council.

“People are constantly worried at night that their house is going to be set on fire,” Councillor Meenan said.

“It’s no way to live.”

He went on to say that the problem is that the houses are owned by the banks and not the local authority.

Mr David Storey, senior executive officer with Dundalk Town Council said there are five derelict houses in Slieve Row Crescent.

One has been acquired by the council. If the council was to acquire all the houses it would have to go into a partnership with a voluntary housing organisation.

When it comes to private housing, he said it is a matter between bank and owner.

“There is a debt on those houses and banks won’t get into a situation until that debt is paid,” he said.

“The derelict site process is there and I would suggest you look at that,” he said.


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