Halting site residents say lives at risk from rats

first_imgTwitter Previous articleMidwives’ concern over safety of mothers and babiesNext articleAustria tourists Shannon bound John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Cornelius Faulkner at his home in the Longpavement Halting site. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22RESIDENTS of the Longpavement halting site on the outskirts of Limerick city say their lives are at risk due to rats from the nearby former landfill site.Cornelius Faulkner, a father of seven, says he has been pleading with the council for several years to relocate the families living on the site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Mr Faulkner, just last week, a pet dog was put down after it was diagnosed with Weils disease, a condition commonly spread by rats that is potentially fatal to humans.He told the Limerick Post: “We are all at risk from Weils disease, the rats are getting in here from the dump. My wife died from that 11 years ago. This week we had a pup that got sick, I brought him to the vet and the vet said he had Weils disease and he had to put him down.“He told me to go straight to the regional and I was there all night, they told me if I’m not ok in three weeks’ time I have to go back into them. Some child could die from this; it’s very dangerous. If any of the clothes fall off the washing line we have to throw them out, even if they’re brand new. You can’t risk it because of the rats.”Mr Faulkner says Limerick City and County Council employees spread rat poison on the site after he contacted them about the death of the dog, but he says their response is “not good enough”.“The rat poison is just like little tablets, they put them into holes in the ground. If a child picked one up they could die.“This was supposed to have been a temporary site, we were meant to be out of it seven years ago. I’m trying to get out, trying to get them to close it down, but all they keep saying is that they have no funding. Children are getting sick here all the time,” he added.A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Limerick City and County Council has very recently been made aware of an allegation that a dog had to be put down having been suspected of contracting Weil’s Disease. The local authority is presently investigating the alleged incident.“The council can confirm that pest control on this site is carried out every six to seven weeks. It would be inappropriate for the council to comment further as there are ongoing legal proceedings in regard to this site.” WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img NewsHalting site residents say lives at risk from ratsBy John Keogh – October 8, 2015 1384 TAGSlimerickLimerick City and County Councillongpavement halting siteweils disease Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more