Laois council seeks advice on getting barring orders against people who have threatened staff

Gardaí called to a meeting between staff and members of the public after threatening behaviour

Laois County Council HQ Portlaoise

Gardaí had to be called to Laois County Council's HQ in recent weeks after staff became fearful for their safety when dealing with members of the public.

As a result of this and a number of other incidents the council's chief executive has sought legal advice to find out if members of the public can be barred from county hall in Portlaoise if they are abusive towards officials or if there is a threat of violence.

Councillors were told at their monthly meeting with senior management  today that the gardaí had to be called to sit in on a meeting between staff and a member of the public in recent weeks.

A man and his four children were also present in the council's office today, Monday, March 27 over a housing issue. A disturbance has also occurred but staff did meet the man.

On the back of the incidents, Mr John Mulholland told councillors that legal advice had been sought over the possibility of obtaining barring orders against people who have had a record of threatening behaviour when dealing with staff.

The council is also working on a plan to build a designated public office where staff can meet people in a secure setting.

To continue reading this archived article for FREE,
please just kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.