While any one incident could be regarded as a ‘minor’ event, it is the cumulative effect of living day after day with the behaviours or incidents that really affect most people.
Another difficulty is that there is often no evidence that harassment has taken place, and this means that the Gardaí may find it difficult to take any action, even though you tell them exactly what is happening.
“Any person who, without lawful authority reasonable excuse, by any means including by the use of telephone, harasses another by persistently following, watching, pestering, besetting or communicating with him or her, shall be guilty of an offence.”Non-fatal offences against the person act.
1997 A major difficulty is the persistent and on-going nature of the harassment.
Since then, there have been several cases highlighted by the Daily Mail where families, living off benefits, have been rehomed in some of the most exclusive and expensive neighbourhoods in Britain — all at the taxpayers’ expense. The £2,400 a month it costs to lease the house is covered by their housing benefit.
And while that fact is galling enough for those neighbours who work hard to pay their hefty mortgages in this desirable postcode, they could have lived with it had the Connors themselves been a little easier to live with.
In revealing the government’s plans Ms O’Sullivan said that anti-social behaviour in residential areas, and difficulties in dealing with it, is a huge issue.
‘They’ve screamed at us: “You don’t know who you’re messing with.
You upset one traveller family, we’ll all come after you.” But what option do we have? But since they arrived, I have been literally sick with worry.’ This is not snobbery.
Earlier this week it was announced that the government is set to introduce new measures to crack down on troublesome neighbours.
Under the new proposals, there will also be penalties for landlords who fail to act on complaints.