Res­i­dents con­demn in­ci­dent as renters con­fronted by ‘out­siders’

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Res­i­dents lead­ing calls for a crack­down on house par­ties in Cork’s univer­sity precinct have con­demned a tense con­fronta­tion at what is be­lieved to be a rented prop­erty.

Video footage emerged yes­ter­day of an al­ter­ca­tion in­volv­ing two men who vis­ited a house on Glasheen Road, where a party had ap­par­ently taken place re­cently.

Sev­eral bags and card­board boxes of empty beer and spirit bot­tles are stacked on the path lead­ing to the front door.

In the video one of the men is seen to bend down to in­spect one of the con­tain­ers be­fore he heads to­wards the door and the sound of smash­ing glass can be heard.

A woman in the house screams: “Oh my god, get out of my house. What the fuck? Get out of my house.”

The man shouts back: “What the fuck your­self. We fuck­ing live here.”

He then raises his voice and screams: “We have to fuck­ing live here.”

An­other man can be seen walk­ing back and forth on the path while talk­ing on a mo­bile phone.

A woman in the house says she and her house­mates had not done any­thing. The first man roars back: “Is this your fuck­ing ... what you call not do­ing any­thing?”

In a sec­ond video, the first man threat­ens: “The next time we’re up here, we’ll be here with the hurl­ing teams.”

He then kicks sev­eral of the empty bot­tles into the gar­den of the house and shouts “fuck­ing knack­ers!”

A young man then comes out of the house and ush­ers the two men down the gar­den path. The first man picks up an empty glass bot­tle and says “I’ll put it through the fuck­ing win­dow” be­fore toss­ing the bot­tle into the gar­den.

Cather­ine Clancy, spokes­woman for the Mag­a­zine Road and sur­round­ing area res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, whose mem­bers have been lin­ing streets in the area since the week­end to high­light their con­cerns about house par­ties in the neigh­bour­hood dur­ing the lock­down, con­demned the con­fronta­tion.

She said she did not recog­nise the men as res­i­dents of the area, and said she had not seen them at­tend any of their vig­ils in re­cent days.

“These men are not act­ing on our be­half and we would con­demn these ac­tions,” she said. “In fact, their be­hav­iour is adding to our up­set.”

Ms Clancy has of­fered to meet the oc­cu­pants of the house to see if the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion can of­fer any as­sis­tance. A garda spokesman said they have not not re­ceived a com­plaint about any such con­fronta­tion and they do not com­ment on videos cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia

Res­i­dents staged their first vigil on Sun­day af­ter a spate of house par­ties in the area, ac­cus­ing young peo­ple in­volved of “giv­ing two fin­gers to the com­mu­nity” and of putting peo­ple at risk of con­tract­ing Covid-19.

They said those who have moved into the area in re­cent weeks have no busi­ness be­ing there be­cause UCC is closed, and claimed that some peo­ple in­volved were us­ing their €350 Covid-19 pay­ments to move into stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion for the sum­mer be­cause their hol­i­day plans had been can­celled.

Gar­daí have con­tacted a num­ber of land­lords with prop­erty in the area and warn­ings have been re­layed to cer­tain ten­ants that there will be se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for ten­ancy agree­ments if gar­daí are called to the prop­er­ties again.

City of­fi­cials are fac­ing calls to close off a laneway to the city’s Lough amenity fol­low­ing a surge in crowds visit­ing the area in re­cent weeks and a rise in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour. Crowds have been drawn to the amenity in the last 10 days, with com­plaints about ex­ten­sive lit­ter­ing and peo­ple uri­nat­ing and defe­cat­ing in ad­join­ing gar­dens and laneways. There have also been com­plaints about open drug­tak­ing in the area fre­quented by fam­i­lies and chil­dren.

Gar­daí have been pa­trolling the area in re­cent days in an at­tempt to en­force pub­lic health reg­u­la­tions.

In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Mick Finn, who called last week for the in­stal­la­tion of tem­po­rary toi­lets in the area for the sum­mer, said most res­i­dents now favour the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the laneway from Lough Vil­las to the Lough for the sum­mer.

“It would mean a longer walk for some, but would close off res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties from uri­nat­ing, defe­cat­ing and drug-tak­ing,” said Mr Finn.

Res­i­dents lead­ing calls for a crack­down on lock­down par­ties in Cork’s univer­sity precinct have con­demned an in­tim­i­dat­ing con­fronta­tion against young peo­ple at what is be­lieved to be a rented prop­erty on Glasheen Road, Cork City, where a party had ap­par­ently taken place.

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