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Dublin City Council takes legal action against man over nuisance pigeons in Stoneybatter

The council had erected a number of signs in the area which state: “Do Not Feed Pigeons Or Other Birds By Order.”

Manor Street, Stoneybatter
Manor Street, Stoneybatter
Image: GoogleMaps

A MAN IS facing legal proceedings accused of causing a nuisance in his community by feeding wild pigeons at his home in Dublin.

The feral birds have flocked to a rooftop on the north-side’s Manor Street and have taken up residency.

But their droppings on the footpaths and beside homes in Stoneybatter led to locals making complaints.

As a result, Dublin City Council erected a number of signs in the area which state: “Do Not Feed Pigeons Or Other Birds By Order.”

They have now initiated legal proceedings against a local resident.

William Garnermann is facing a civil action brought by the council and appeared at Dublin District Court today when he took a hearing date.

He is accused of causing a nuisance by feeding feral pigeons at his home and its environs, on Manor Street, in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. It is also alleged by feeding the wild birds he is encouraging the keeping of them at his home address.

The case has been taken under the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Acts and was summonsed to court by the council.

Judge Anthony Halpin noted the council sought a date for a hearing and there will be three witnesses.

Garnermann did not address the court but his barrister said the case could last about two hours.

Judge Halpin ordered that the hearing will take place on January 14 next.

Obtaining a hearing date is an indication that the case will be contested by the defendant.

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