Plan to evict convicted drug dealers from Killarney council houses

CONVICTED drug dealers will be evicted from council houses in Killarney under a new draft anti-social behaviour policy adopted by the local town council.

Drug-dealing, harassment and excess noise can all be tackled in council estates under the revised policy, which also includes “nuisance behaviour”.

Drinking alcohol in public, illegal dumping and “unreasonable” holding of parties are among the activities which come under the definition of antisocial behaviour in the policy.

A strategic approach involving pro-active prevention and estate management — is highlighted in the policy document, which allows for consultation with the Killarney Drugs Liaison Committee, voluntary bodies and residents’ associations.

Also, in line with a policy relating to the risk assessment of convicted sex offenders, independent Killarney councillor Niall O’Callaghan said people had a right to know if such offenders and paedophiles were living in their estates.

“I would not be too impressed if somebody coming into the estate had a conviction for child molesting,” said Mr O’Callaghan, the father of a young family.

He believed the council should act in the overall interests of people in estates and that antisocial behaviour should not be tolerated.

“There’s a bigger picture here if people in an estate are living in terror, fear and worry,” he said.

“If people are carrying on in a way that upsets their neighbours, something must be done and it will be done.

“The neighbours of such people in an estate deserve a better life. Where we go as a council is set in stone.”

Labour councillor Sean O’Grady said the council would have no problem in putting a convicted drug dealer out of a house.

“There’s a policy whereby a person convicted of drug-dealing will not be considered for a house,” he added.

Meanwhile, there has been a call for action against boy racers who keep people awake at night while driving at high speeds around Kerry.

The Castleisland to Abbeyfeale road is a popular rendezvous for these boy racers, where there are plenty of tyre marks giving evidence of their presence.

Kerry County Council is preparing a noise action plan to deal with the problem of environmental noise on major roads. The council will put forward “noise” maps.

Roads identified as exceeding the EU noise threshold include the N21 between Ballycarthy roundabout and Tralee town centre along with the Killarney bypass.

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