Meat hanging from washing line in Clonsilla reported to HSE

by Gazette Reporter

A Dublin 15 resident  has made a complaint to the HSE after she saw a washing line filled with unusual meats in her neighbour’s back garden.
The Clonsilla resident, who has been living in the area for the past 12 years, said there were about eight meats hanging from a washing line, beside another line that was filled with clothes.
The resident is now looking for help from the HSE to stop this from happening again.
“This is a rented property.
“We have had incredible anti-social behaviour for some time, but this is the worst case so far… I am so mad,” said the resident, who did not wish to be named.
The resident has been in touch with the gardai, the HSE and the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) to report it, but says she “keeps getting stoned walled”.
“This is the second time this has happened with the meats being hung within days of each other.
“I emailed all the photographs to the HSE and I haven’t heard anything back from them. I have been in touch with the landlord, telephone communication, face to face.
“The landlord has called in and talked to us, but nothing has been done.
“I have been on to my local councillors to get on the case now. One councillor, Kieran Dennison, has been very good in the last few days checking out things for me,” the resident added.
“It is sickening. I am there since 2001 and I haven’t seen anything like this before… This is quite a unique situation. I am hoping this will just stop… It’s just very unpleasant.”
Local councillor Kieran Dennison (FG) says it is a worrying situation and it could attract vermin, which is “one concern” but there is also “a major public health issue” attached with it.
“I have been in contact with the environmental health officers in the council and they are taking it very seriously,” he added.
A spokesperson for Fingal County Council’s Environmental Health unit confirmed they are “investigating this matter” and have been “in close contact” with their counterparts in the HSE regarding it.
“We understand that this activity is not being carried out on a commercial scale, and therefore does not pose a large scale public health risk.
“The main concern would be from a localised environmental nuisance perspective as this activity may attract vermin including birds such as magpies/seagulls, and we will ensure that this is addressed,” the spokesperson added.
In response, the HSE said its environmental health office has investigated this complaint.
“There is no breach of Food Safety Legislation as the food is for domestic use and there is no evidence to suggest that the meat was slaughtered illegally.”

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