Sickening video exhibits Dublin flats tormented by rodents as TD requires ‘Rat Tzar’ to be appointed

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This disgusting imagery shows how disgusting rats have infested a Dublin residential complex.

The hideous rodents have wreaked havoc on Vincent Street Flats in downtown. One couple said they had to give thousands to fix their car after rats destroyed it.

The video, broadcast on Dublin Live, shows dozens of bugs crawling around in the bins.

Local TD Chris Andrews has written to DCC City Manager Owen Keegan, calling for a special rat squad to be set up and for a Council Tzar to be appointed to deal with the growing rodent problem in the city.

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He told Dublin Live: “The number of complaints from tenants, mainly in low-rise complexes, is unmatched.

“This is likely because the trash can storage areas are mostly uncovered, poorly maintained and in poor condition.

“The seagulls dragging and dropping food out of the containers are of no help at all. The containers need to be covered and properly maintained.

“Many parents are unwilling to let their children out on the playgrounds because they are afraid of catching something from the rats.

“Renters had to move out because of the damage done internally by rats. Cars were written off because rats destroyed the electrical system.

“Now is the time for the Council to respond to this problem with the energy it deserves.”

A rat ran through Deputy Andrews’s legs recently while talking to a downtown resident.

He added: “The council must appoint a point of contact who has the power and resources to address this issue once and for all.

“People know that in general there will always be rats. However, the number of rats in and around shallow complexes is totally unacceptable.

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“I urge the city council to appoint a group of staff and a senior person to fight the rats in Dublin and be accountable to the city councils and directly to the Housing Manager.”

A couple’s 2017 car had just passed its NCT when it was destroyed by the rodents chewing through the electronics and wiring the engine.

The woman told Dublin Live: “We were in the car on Sunday and everything was great.

“We didn’t go out on Sunday, but when we went out on Monday my husband turned on the engine and all the engine management lights started flashing and beeping and saying that the tires have failed and other things are wrong.

“He got out and checked the tires and they were all fine, but when he parked, he found that the parking sensor wasn’t working either.”

The concerned couple took the car to their mechanic, who immediately noticed that the damage was caused by rats that had plagued the area for several years.

The couple is now eagerly awaiting how much it will cost to carry out the extensive repairs.

The woman said she saw “hundreds” of rats roaming the complex and called on Dublin City Council to take action to resolve the problem.

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“Without the pandemic, there was always a rat problem in Dublin anyway, but not to the same extent where you see it every time you look out the window,” she said.

Dublin Live has asked the Dublin City Council for a comment.