Limerick Leader - Saturday, 23 January 2010.
Southill residents rehoused in Castletroy's Park Village after
By Kerrie Kennedy
people and families are to be moved to Castletroy because of
the anti-social behaviour they are experiencing in their Southill
The Southside Regeneration
Agency has confirmed that 13 apartments have been secured in
the Park Village residential home for elderly victims of harassment
in the Southill area.
Director of Southside
Social Regeneration Brendan Hayden said that the people are
being moved because they are at "very serious risk"
in their current homes.
"The idea behind
it is to help elderly people who are suffering and want to find
some peace," Mr Hayden said.
To date, one person
has been successfully moved from her home in Keyes Park to the
residential village in Castletroy.
"The abuse of
that resident was so serious we felt she would have died of
a heart-attack if we did not get her out when we did,"
Mr Hayden said.
He confirmed that
a number of elderly people from Keyes Park were interested in
moving, as were three other families from Carew Park.
The move to Castletroy
Park Village, which is partially funded by the Department of
the Environment, will provide elderly victims of anti-social
behaviour with a "safer home" that they can afford,
according to Mr Hayden.
He said that moving
people out was the only option as the majority of the harassment
is coming from children who cannot be prosecuted.
This is due to the
current law which prevents children under the age of 12 being
charged for committing crimes and engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Southill parish priest
Father Pat Hogan said that there is an urgent need for a change
in the law regarding children under 12, and that the Health
Service Executive (HSE) needs to be more proactive in helping
the families of these children. "Some of these young children
start losing their way as early as eight and nine and are wreaking
havoc on the area, they badly need direction," Fr Hogan
law needs to be changed so that these children or their parents
are held responsible for their actions and the HSE must be more
proactive locally in working alongside the parents of these
children because they desperately need help," Fr Hogan
The Southill parish
priest said that moving elderly residents to Castletroy is only
a temporary measure until the Regeneration Agency builds them
more suitable homes nearer to Southill.