Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. Whilst this question is presented as one of leaving a gate open what is going on here is subtle campaign of harassment and intimidation. Harassment is a tort or civil wrong for which you can get an injunction or money damages. Intimidation is a tort for which there are similar remedies.
2. Pushing you into a ditch or with a tractor is an assault for which there is an injunction or damages. Calling you a homosexual slur like "Queenie" is also intimidation. It is blatantly discriminatory.
3. My first instinct is that you should issue legal proceedings against this person and seek an injunction preventing them from using the accessway without a lock on it. Also you should get a harassment injunction preventing this person from coming within 100 metres of you. Make it difficult for this person to continue to intimidate and harass you.
4. Be aware that harassment is also a crime under Part 13 of the Criminal Justice Act for which an Anti Social BEhaviour order can be granted. However, because this intimidation and harassment is subtle and there has been no "flashpoint" incident, the Gardai are reluctant to act. They only want to act in clear cases. So you should use civil action.
5. Essentially, the landlord does not want to act, because his money comes from this tenant. The landlord wishes the problem would go away. So you should use your legal remedies to force this tenant out. Make it difficult for him to continue to use the land near you and force him out.
5. Use the law to engage in your own campaign of harassment and intimidation of this tenant. Bully him legally. What he is doing is contrary to law. So be clever and force this person out. See a good solicitor who will do a little research and use the law to force this person out. Get a barrister's opinion and harass this person in return.