A FAMILY who fled their home following a barrage of intimidation and anti-social behaviour over the weekend are the fifth set of residents to abandon their neighbourhood this year.
Limerick City Council confirmed the family left their local authority housing in Fairview Crescent, Garryowen, after they were subjected to anti-social behaviour and intimidation.
It is understood that there have been several incidents targeting the same home in the recent past.
A total of five families have left their homes in the Garryowen area since January. It is understood that all had to leave housing provided by Limerick City Council (LCC). All of these families had children.
A spokesman for the local authority said the council are currently pursuing a number of cases through the courts.
"Cases are pending and we cannot make further comment on these cases until the legal process is completed," the LCC spokesman said.
The Herald understands that the council is hoping to have two families on the city's southside removed from their local authority homes after they failed to comply with the local tenancy agreement.
The agreement sets out the guidelines of how all tenants should behave when housed in local authority property.
One of these families has been at the centre of several garda investigations in the past and a young minor belonging to the family has found herself before the courts following several incidents.
The teen has also been taken out of her mother's care and remanded in a juvenile detention facility.
Local councillor Kieran O'Hanlon said it is "totally unacceptable that a small number of families can intimidate their neighbours into a situation where eventually they have to leave".