Tralee councillor says communities being held to ransom due to anti-social behaviour

Communities are being held to ransom due to anti-social behaviour by some local authority tenants.

Independent Kerry County Councillor Sam Locke raised the issue at the monthly meeting of Tralee Municipal District.

He asked whether it is the council or Gardai who are responsible for enforcing tenancy agreements when it comes to anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Locke says the vetting process for potential local authority tenants needs to change and local knowledge should be used as part of the process.

Manager of the Tralee Municipal District Michael Scannell said the council can only remove a tenant with a court order and very strong evidence is needed.

Mr Scannell said it has been some time since the current policy approach has been reviewed and this could be done by the Housing Strategic Policy Committee.

Cllr Locke says loopholes in tenancy agreements need to be tightened: