‘Dreadful’ site in O’Moore Place

One of the derelict houses in O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, has been cleared of rubbish by Laois County Council, but there is still another derelict property “in a dreadful state” in the area.

One of the derelict houses in O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, has been cleared of rubbish by Laois County Council, but there is still another derelict property “in a dreadful state” in the area.

At last week’s meeting of Portlaoise Town Council held in County Hall, Cllr Caroline Dwane asked for an update on the two derelict houses, no. 18 and no. 53 O’Moore Place.

She was informed in a written reply from Ms Angela McEvoy of the planning section, that in relation to 18 O’Moore Place, the rear garden was cleared of all debris and an immediate hoarding has been erected facing out onto the laneway by the environment section. 

A general clean-up of the laneway has also taken place. In addition, the HSE have agreed to engage an abatement company to put down appropriate rat abatement.

In relation to  53 O’Moore Place, a land registry search has been completed, and a notice of intention to enter the land as a derelict site on the Derelict Site Register was served on the registered owners on June 12 via registered post. This notice was subsequently returned ‘not collected’.

Laois County Council are now in the process of preparing another notice for erecting on the site itself.

Town manager, Mr Michael Rainey said that one of the houses is under the remit of the council, while the other is in private ownership.

Mr Rainey explained that progress had been made in the last few weeks and a proposal would be put together to deal with the sites in the coming weeks.

“That’s good news, no. 18 has been an ongoing problem over the last seven years,” said Cllr Dwane. “That property has caused numerous problems to people in the area, whatever cost is involved should be levied against the owner, there’s no house left there as it was burnt to the ground.”

She also said dumpers should be prosecuted.

“I ask that the owner be followed up on to get a long-term measure, it’s an absolute eyesore,” she said. “The same owner sold a house a year ago in Cherrygrove.”

Cllr Dwanesaid no. 53 was in “a dreadful state” and she asked that the owner be identified.