Delays in dealing with rat infestations in Dublin

There were many reported incidences of rat infestations around the city this summer, with a slew of complaints being made to local councils about the delay in dealing with the problem.

It appear these delays were partly due to staff shortages in the HSE Pest Control Service brought on by an increase in retirements and resignations.

However the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, when asked about the situation was quick to point out that in line with the Rats and Mice Destruction Act 1919 – it is the legal responsibility of the owner/occupier of the land to eradicate pests and that the HSE does not have statutory responsibility, rather it play a “supportive” role.

The minister went on to state that HSE is attempting to fill these vacant positions as soon as feasible and that this should help alleviate the situation.