Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Rat infestation concern to inner city residents

Last week a series of meetings with local residents in and around the Barrack Street area took place in relation to a severe infestation of vermin operating from the abandoned 5 houses on the junction of Doyle Street and Barrack Street in Waterford City.

These houses were taken in charge by the local authority almost two years ago and while a barrier was erected to obstruct entry, the site has lead to numerous incidents of illegal dumping as bags of rubbish are thrown over the barrier into the houses. This has unfortunately lead to ample food for a growing tide of vermin, predominantly rats to operate not just in the vacant homes but have been increasingly willing to invade other gardens, homes and the general neighbourhood.

Speaking following the meetings local Councillor Eamon Quinlan said "This is a situation that has lurched from bad to worse. These homes were meant to be demolished over a year ago and have four new houses built in their place as the current ones are structurally deficient. Had they fallen out onto the street over the last 18 months the fallout would have been huge. Now, the infestation of rats on the properties has locals terrified to have a window or back door open and many have given up on their gardens for fear of being attacked.

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