An intellectually disabled man was removed to hospital by court order after been found living with his elderly sister in squalid and substandard cond
Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs
Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs
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An intellectually disabled man was removed to hospital by court order after been found living with his elderly sister in "squalid" and "substandard" conditions at their home, the High Court heard.

The house, in a rural area, was described as cold, dilapidated and neglected, with mould on the walls and insanitary bathroom and toilet conditions.

The man's bedroom was described as dirty and cluttered and he was sleeping in a sleeping bag on his bed rather than sheets.

The man is a ward of court for many years and his sister had been appointed to represent his interests.

Concern about his situation and about refusals by his sister to permit social workers access to the house was expressed by a senior social worker in a letter to the wards of court office last October.

The matter then came before Mr Justice Peter Kelly as president of the High Court managing the wards of court list.

He made orders for a court-appointed medical visitor to go to the house with a view to assessing the man and also appointed Patricia Hickey, general solicitor for wards of court, as joint committee of the man.

The medical visitor was refused access to the house but, having looked through the windows, she had concerns about the living conditions.

Further orders permitted the doctor to return just before Christmas, accompanied by two gardai and a HSE safeguarding team leader. After the sister refused to answer the door, a Garda got in a side window.

The sister then permitted access and the doctor assessed the man and spoke with his sister.

In her report to the court, the doctor said a public health nurse was visiting the man for many years and she was surprised the "first note of concern" was expressed by the senior social worker. She was also shocked the community intervention team had not reported or documented any evidence of poor health or hygiene over the years.

She considered the living conditions totally unsuitable for the man and that he needs long-term residential care.

On foot of her concerns for his physical health, he was removed to hospital where he remains for the time being.

His sister is still at home but Mr Justice Kelly, having been told on Tuesday there are also concerns about her capacity and living skills, directed an inquiry into whether she too should be made a ward of court.

On the current state of affairs, the judge said the man's going home to "very substandard" conditions is "not a possibility". There was also an issue whether the sister herself should remain a dwelling which was "quite squalid".

"I am not very happy at the prospect of this lady living in these awful conditions in midwinter."

He adjourned the matter to next week so that photographs of the conditions at the house can be provided.

Katherine Kelleher, solicitor for the HSE, agreed the home conditions were very poor and substandard but noted a senior social worker with considerable experience of situations of rural poverty had said she had seen "far worse".

Ms Kelleher said the HSE is concerned about the sister's decisions concerning her brother. The social worker who wrote to the wards of court office had made several attempts to visit but was refused access, she added. The HSE considered the man will probably need long term care, probably nursing home care.

Ms Hickey said she had concerns the man is quite young for nursing home care and wanted the HSE to explore other options.

Issues arose concerning why the man's situation was not brought to the attention of her office earlier, she added.

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Intellectually disabled man cannot return to 'squalid' home, judge directs

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Suspected firearms seized following searches in Limerick

Gardaí have seized three suspected firearms following searches in Limerick.

The searches were carried out on the southside of the city today.

Gardaí said in a statement that the suspected firearms were located by the Divisional Search Team with the assistance of the Defence Forces.

They are now set to be sent for technical examination.


The searches took place as part of an investigation into an incident of violent disorder at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Co Limerick.

Gardaí said that investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí added that the five people (four men aged between 19 and 45 and one juvenile) arrested earlier today remain detained at Roxboro Road and Henry Street Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Man angry over sex abuse compensation offer caused €100k of damage to church altar

Man angry over sex abuse compensation offer caused €100k of damage to church altar

A man poured diesel inside a church causing an estimated €100,000 in damage because he felt upset by an offer of compensation over clerical child sex abuse.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that in 2018 Ian Kidd (53) settled a High Court case against the Catholic Church.

On July 26, 2017 he received a letter from solicitors for the church with a “final offer” of €30,000 for the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest.

Kidd with an address at Daytona, Brittas, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage at St Agnes' Church, St Agnes' Road, Crumlin on July 26, 2017.

Judge Elma Sheahan, who first heard evidence last July, placed Kidd on a probation bond today for 12 months and adjourned the case to January 18, 2021.

She said during that time Kidd must engage with the Probation Service and attend any addiction or mental health service his probation officer recommends.

Kidd's lawyers told the court that Kidd found this offer derisory and became upset. He went out and filled a can with €5 worth of diesel and went to St Agnes' Church in Crumlin.

He walked up to the altar and began pouring the fuel on the floor while shouting at “terrified” parishioners in the church to “get out, get out”.

“He had a cigarette and may have had the wherewithal to ignite the diesel but he did not,” Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, told the court.

The court heard that the bulk of the damage was caused when diesel was spilled on the altar, which is made of Carrara marble. A monstrance, a crucifix and a Paschal candle were also damaged.

A garda negotiating team arrived at the church and Kidd spoke to one garda about the historic abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest, now deceased.

The court heard that gardaí received multiple complaints of abuse allegedly committed by this priest. A High Court case, in which Kidd said he was repeatedly abused, resulted in a financial offer.

In a victim impact statement Father Paul Tyrell, the parish priest, said parishioners were terrified by the incident.

He added: “St Agnes has no desire to compound previous suffering [the accused] may have suffered in this parish in previous years”.

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