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Another neighbour from Hell

For your legal section. Neighbour from hell. Moved in 12 months. Received two solicitors letters both groundless and not followed up. One solicitor's letter to Council with contrived complaint proved groundless. Taken photographs of me and callers to my home. Called police last week – false complaint - not entertained. She is an old woman and plays the victim. Any advise on how to stop this. Cheers, Trevor, Cork.

Hi Trevor, I am sorry to hear about your difficulty but the first question I would ask  is, why is this happening, in other words what specifically are her complaints whether groundless or not.  

Old people can be very sensitive because they may be ill or in pain or just sad or lonely and can take it out on others in ways that seem out of proportion – that is a reason not an excuse for bad conduct.    Maybe she has Alzheimers or dementia perhaps?   This is a long shot - perhaps talk to her adult children when they call or talk to the District Nurse in a constructive way.

Have you knocked on the door with a basket of muffins and asked to discuss the matter and find out exactly what her problem is no matter how remote it may be from the reasons stated in complaints.     

This is the sensitive approach – or perhaps she is just a cranky old bag.  In this case talk to the Gardai and explain what her problem is and talk to the Council as well as least to show that you are reacting in a sensible way.  Ultimately they will get tired of her complaining and will be fully on your side.

From the legal point of view you could take a case for “watching and besetting and nuisance”.   On a criminal side you could also make a formal complaint to the Gardai about wasting Gardai time and giving false information.

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