Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green has expressed her outrage at what she described as ‘a sinister escalation of the anti-social behaviour around the Ard Dealgan apartments.’
In the early hours of Friday morning, the adjacent Clarkes Pub was broken into by thieves who jumped from the Ard Dealgan roof onto the pub.
“They lifted the tiles of the roof from Clarke’s Pub, climbed into the attic and then smashed through the ceiling to access the top floor of the property,” Cllr Green said in a statement this week.
The Pub is also home to the Clarke family and they then tried to break down Mrs Clarke’s bedroom door.”
Cllr Green went on to say “This turn of events has brought the issue to a head. Dundalk Town Council spent €50,000 a couple of years ago securing the building but it was inadequate.
“The Council are refusing to put any more into it. Our TD and Party President Gerry Adams raised this issue at government level, as the property is supposedly owned by NAMA. The Minister at the time Phil Hogan referred him back to the local authority. Someone has to take ownership here before someone gets badly hurt or worse. This complex needs to be demolished.”
The property was rumoured to have been sold on but no-one can confirm this.
It is believed that up to 50-60 people are using the Ard Dealgan building in one form or another and it is being used as a squat for drug-users to come and go as they please. Cllr Green said “during the summer, they had parties and barbeques on the roof. “The situation is farcical. Residents live in fear they are going to be attacked or broken into and now it has happened. They are constantly subjected to verbal abuse but this turn of events is very worrying.”
The Ard Dealgan apartments are situated in Quay Street, Dundalk and the complex is officially listed as a derelict site.
There have been a number of fires, bits of the property being thrown down onto the street and general anti-social behaviour around it since they were completed and immediately declared unfit for habitation.