Court threat forces action

The vacant building on Main Street in Borris-in-Ossory, which is on the council's Dangerous Structures list.
Hoarding has been erected on a dangerous building in Borris-in-Ossory, hours before the owners were brought to court by Laois County Council.

Hoarding has been erected on a dangerous building in Borris-in-Ossory, hours before the owners were brought to court by Laois County Council.

Last month a large piece of plaster broke off from the first floor wall of what was once White’s Pub on main street, with a resident fearing pedestrians could be hurt.

“A big lump fell down, it is lucky there was no one walking past. There is an immediate danger. The roof is falling in, the walls are coming out, and the gutters are full of weeds, it they give, it will bring the lot down. Someone is going to be killed. Schoolchildren walk by it,” said Borris-in-Ossory resident Noel Moore.

The listed Georgian style shop and adjoining house is on the council’s Dangerous Structures list. It is vacant for about 15 years and has changed owners several times in recent years, with the most recent owner believed to be a bank .

Last Friday morning July 17 the case was taken to Portlaoise district court, after the council served a notice ordering owners to secure it and do a risk assessment, under Sections 2 & 3 of the Local Government Sanitation Service Act.

It was stated in court that hoarding was erected, and a sale agreement is underway.

The case was adjourned until September to allow the council inspect the works.

However resident Mr Moore believes that the building is beyond renovation.

“It is a listed building but that is no good if it is falling down. It will have to be demolished, it is fit for nothing else,” he said.

Cllr James Kelly recently said “people are very worried”.

“The building is in a very dangerous state and it is a matter of urgency that it is made safe as soon as possible. The whole thing is ready to collapse. The roof is ready to fall in and there are other areas of plaster on the front wall that are going to fall on to the footpath and road which will be a danger to the public and to traffic,” he said.