Family ‘don’t feel safe’ in Mohill estate

A single mother who told the paper, her family is living in “terror” in a housing estate in Mohill held a protest inside Leitrim County Council offices on Monday, August 17.

A single mother who told the paper, her family is living in “terror” in a housing estate in Mohill held a protest inside Leitrim County Council offices on Monday, August 17.

The lady who wishes not be named said “I don’t feel safe” after a number of incidents occurred at her home in a council estate in Mohill. The mother of two young children called the paper in distress on Monday afternoon after the council refused to move them out of the house.

The woman said they moved into the house less than 12 months ago and have been subjected to a number of incidents including having their tyres slashed, property stolen from outside the house and a petrol bomb. “There has been a lot of trouble” she told the reporter “we have even been petrol bombed.” She said all incidents have been reported to Gardai and she has CCTV footage. She told the paper the incidents have been investigated by the Gardai and “they are going through the courts.”

The lady who is originally from England said she went through all the right channels, submitting complaint forms to the council, but they are refusing to move her family.

“It is not healthy for my children” she said, commenting she cannot let them play outside or leave their toys outside in the garden. She said she has had to send her children to her parents in Longford as “it is not safe.” She noted, “it is not our fault”

According to the lady, the council told her that the Gardai say she is “not in immediate danger.” She believes they are in danger and says the council are treating them as “criminals” and they are being “left to sleep on the street.”

She said she had been threatened to have her house burned down.

After having a meeting with the council, the woman held protest in the council offices in Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday afternoon, until she was removed from the premises by the Gardai.

She said she stayed in a friend’s house but didn’t know what to do now as she does not have the money to rent accomodation.

Leitrim County Council told the paper they are “not at liberty to comment on individual cases. The Council is satisfied however that we have dealt appropriately with any concerns raised by this household.”