Patrick prepared for legal action in eviction dispute

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPatrick prepared for legal action in eviction disputeBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 800 Patrick Collopy at his home with a photograph of himself and his late mother RitaA YOUNG Limerick man has been told by City Council that he must leave the home he shared with his mother until her death last April.Patrick Collopy (26), was ordered to be out of his home at 5 Bishop Street by March 12 last on the basis of a two-year tenancy rule. Patrick, who works at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, was threatened with legal action if he doesn’t vacate the house but has vowed to go “all the way” to the courts if necessary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Collopy moved home to take care of his mother Rita who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012. The council was aware of the arrangement as he immediately applied to go on to the rent book and the rent was subsequently increased.Patrick remained in the house after his mother’s death in April 2013. He has been up to date with his rent and never been in trouble with the law. He told the Limerick Post this week that all he wants from the City Council is some “cooperation”.“I’ve been told that I can’t stay in my home because the council says it is too big for one person as it has two bedrooms. You should see the size of the place, it’s tiny. My last memories of my mother are here and no one is taking them from me. It’s my family home as far as I’m concerned.“If I was unemployed and had a child, I’d be left alone but because I’m working I’m supposed to leave my home. This is a heartless way to treat anyone. The Council treat people like scum and they treat scum like Gods. I don’t know why they have to set a precedent at my expense. Being honest goes against me.“I have been going through hell with this battle let alone trying to cope with the loss of my mother. This is a horrible thing the Council are trying to do to me,” he said.An online petition to keep Patrick in his family home has to date attracted over 2,500 signatures. City councillor Maurice Quinlivan has asked the council to show Mr Collopy some compassion and stop trying to evict him .“Patrick is a very decent young man who has suffered the trauma of losing his mother. His family is rooted in the King’s Island community and many people in the local area and across the city are outraged that the council would try and evict him,” said Cllr Quinlivan.“Patrick is a very private person and the last thing he wanted was to make this public but the failure thus far to stop the eviction proceedings against him left him feeling he had no option but to publicise his plight,” he said.City Council refused to comment on the case. TAGSBishop StreetLimerick city councilMaurice QuinlivanMusic LimerickPatrick CollopySinn Fein Linkedin Quinlivan urges support for Motion on Student Rents Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleA fast and affordable mental health serviceNext articleFeral cats pose ‘chronic’ problems in Raheen Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook Sinn Fein TD warns of impending “tsunami of addiction” when lockdown ends, as gardai seize €50,000 in drugs and cash in Limerick city estate Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printlast_img read more

Wilshere hails Giroud form

first_img “Olivier has been really impressive, especially at the beginning of the season when everyone was saying that Suarez was coming in to take his place,” said Wilshere. “For someone playing in that position it would have been tough for him to lose his place, but he has shown great character and for me he’s been our best player this season. “He holds the ball up and brings others into play, he has learned that side of the game, that the Premier League is tough and sometimes you have to push defenders off the ball. “He works so hard, he has played nearly every game, but fair play to him because he keeps going and going. “He has got a great physique and a great base of fitness. Hopefully he can continue that form.” Wilshere found himself roaming all over midfield against Saints, having seen an early chip come back off the inside of the post. The 21-year-old feels having the likes of Ramsey, Ozil and Santi Cazorla in the side can only drive the Gunners on. “We have a lot of players who can play in similar positions and it helps that we can all interchange,” he said. The France striker netted a brace against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium – the first gifted by a blunder from goalkeeper Artur Boruc – to take his tally into double figures. Giroud has produced the perfect response following Arsenal’s summer pursuit of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Even though the likes of 11-goal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and £43million club-record signing Mesut Ozil have grabbed the headlines as Arsenal moved clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, Wilshere feels Giroud deserves all of the plaudits. “We are all ball players who can move in and out and change positions and then we have Theo (Walcott) who can run in behind them. “We have got (Lukas) Podolski and (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain coming back, so it is going to be strong competition on the wing and in the middle.” Wilshere, of course, would love to be able to be at the heartbeat of the team every week. “I have read the manager saying that I want to play in the middle, in a deep-lying position, but at the moment the team are going well so I have to play on the wing and that is fine with me,” he said. “There is strong competition for places and Arsenal is a top club, so just to get on the pitch is fine. “I can play on the right, coming in on my left foot. I feel I can do a decent job there, so I am happy at the moment.” Olivier Giroud has been Arsenal’s best player this season, according to England midfielder Jack Wilshere. Press Associationlast_img read more