Galway County Council have been urged to adopt a stringent vetting process before allocating houses to families on the housing waiting list after two councillors outlined horrific ‘neighbours from hell’ situations that have occurred in the recent past.
The incidents arose when families on the waiting list were moved into houses beside established tenants in the Ballinasloe area and have consequently made life a nightmare for those living there who now want to relocate . . . but can’t.
The lack of houses available for Council tenants means that those living beside undesirable neighbours have to put up with their lot despite Cllr Timmy Broderick and Cllr Dermot Connolly outlining horrific incidents.
But they were told that to resolve this situation was not a simple process. The councillors were informed that “a certain protocol” had to be observed or else there would not be a satisfactory outcome.
Cllr Broderick asked a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council what tenants can do if the Council move in a family next door that make life “an absolute hell for them”.
“Tenants were going about their normal lives and suddenly they are lumbered with an undesirable family beside them. Their whole world has been turned upside down,” he said.
The independent councillor claimed that Galway County Council needed a proper vetting system for applicants on the housing waiting list before allocating them a home. He is urging that the history of those on the waiting list be determined before they are allotted a house.
“I have come across a few situations in which families in local authority accommodation were going about their daily lives only to have another family move in and create untold disruption. They are now looking down a black hole and don’t know where to turn,” Cllr Broderick added.
Cllr Dermot Connolly said that he had also been contacted by Council tenants in similar circumstances. They were living normal lives but everything changed when tenants who are engaging in anti-social behaviour moved in beside them.
“How do we protect people from occupants of houses who are behaving in a certain manner?
“We desperately need to review the whole selection process when it comes to allocating houses. We need to talk to people about people.
“We are faced with a number of chronic situations that need a rapid response. Sometimes things go wrong and people end up in a very vulnerable situation. They are in a hopeless situation and seem to have nowhere to turn”, Cllr Connolly said.
Director of Services Catherine McConnell said that the Council had an anti-social behaviour policy and that a certain procedure had to be followed in order for it to be successfully implemented. She advised that all anti-social behaviour be reported to Galway County Council and the Gardai and she warned against “a knee-jerk reaction”.
But Cllr Michael Connolly (FF) said that tenants were often reluctant to report anti-social behaviour for fear of repercussions so it meant a lot of incidents went unreported.
The problem, he added, was compounded by the fact that tenants living beside ‘neighbours from hell’ did not have the option of being relocated as there are no houses available.
Split level home on large site in Drum
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Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.
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Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid
TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.
Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.
The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.
Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.
Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry
GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.
When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.
“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.
“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”
Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.
Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.
“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.
“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was
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