An exclusion order is to be served on one local and a number of formal written warnings have been issued by North Tipperary County Council, arising out of incidents at Derrynaflan Estate, Littleton on Halloween night.
The incident, resulted in one young family fleeing for their lives - four months later they have still not returned to the estate - as they came under sustained attack from youths and young adults. An investigation was established by the local authority and An Garda Siochana are also investigating with the possibility of prosecutionsstill very strong.
Mr Donal Purcell and Mr Philip Quinlan of North Tipperary County Council informed members of the Thurles area committee that 47 houses have been visited as part of the investigations and 39 people were interviewed. The Tenant Liaison Officer has also spoken to individuals having arranged to meet them. Minors were met in the company of their parents and councillors were told that since the Halloween incident, there have been no further disturbances. Mr Purcell outlined the current position, stating that an exclusion order has been sought for one individual and others may follow. A number of formal written warnings have also be issued to tenants and any other infringements of the tenancy agreement will result in the council taking further steps.
Cllr John Kennedy welcomed the report on what he described as “a very delicate matter.” Cllr Seamus Hanafin said that there had been a lot of frustration due to the perception that nothing was happening. However, it is clear he said, that something was happening and he welcomed the actions taken by the council. Cllr Jim Ryan questioned whether Garda vetting will apply to any new tenants while Cllr Billy Clancy cautioned the council to be ultra careful when allocating houses.
There are currently 47 houses in the Derrynaflan Estate and two are left to be renovated, Cllr Micheal Lowry was informed.