A landlord (80) faces a €1,000 fine or 12 months in prison if there is a proven breach of a noise protection order at properties occupied by student tenants which were being used for “Covid house parties” during lockdown.
Last week at Cork District Court, Judge Olann Kelleher found it was proven that students were partying in two of Fachtna O’Reilly’s properties near University College Cork (UCC) until 4am and 5am during lockdown.
Two locals took private prosecutions against the landlord for noise pollution under environmental laws. It is understood that student tenants moved into the properties in late May.
Mr O’Reilly, of Model Farm Road in Cork, was given a week to address noise issues at two of his properties in Highfield Avenue and Connaught Avenue in Cork city.
On Friday at the court Mr O’Reilly’s solicitor, Eamon Murray, said his client had issued warnings to the