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Neighbour's 10 Greyhounds cause nuisance

My neighbour has about ten greyhounds. They howl and bark day and night. What should I do?

The first thing to do, if you have not already done it, is  knock on the door of your neighbour and tell them what is going on.    Do this in a business-like way because it is extraordinary how closed minded people can be that they don’t realise that their neighbours are being disturbed.   

If you get no joy from that call the Gardai.   If you get no satisfaction from the Gardai ask to see the Superintendent about it and make whatever formal complaint there is about that. 

You could call in the local Dog Warden or the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.

You can also call the local Council’s Environmental Officer who may take enforcement proceedings.    By engaging the Council you may also talk to the Planning Office because keeping 10 greyhounds sounds to me like they are running a business from a private residence and I am almost certain they wouldn't have Planning Permission.    This of course is a breach of Planning law and enforcement proceedings regarding breach of Planning can also be instituted by the Council.

You can also call the Environmental Protection Agency because this is noise pollution and the EPA may have something to say about that. 

Finally you can visit your local District Court office and personally take out a “Nuisance Summons”  against the neighbours and if you do not want to do that your local Solicitor can do it or can issue Injunction proceedings against the neighbour who will end up being liable for your legal costs.

Your neighbours are not in a very strong legal position on this  - you hold all the cards, Listener -  and if I were that neighbour or a neighbour with noisy greyhounds or any other form of activity going on in my house,  listening to this I would do something now before the law came crashing down on me.

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