The Irish woman who says she’s had to move out of her home in Ireland because of blind spots has said she doesn’t want her neighbours to feel guilty.
“It’s not that I’m blaming them for being blind, but I don’t want to feel like I’m being unfair,” said Karen O’Donnell, 55, of Rathfarnham in County Clare.
“I don’t like it when people think that I should be taking care of blind people and it doesn’t help.”
The home where Ms O’Brien lives was in her late 70s when she bought it in the early 1970s and her family moved in.
“I’ve moved out and have a lovely house and lovely neighbours,” she said.
Her neighbours had no complaints until she moved in in 2005, and she said that in the following years they were complaining about the blind spots.
Ms O’Neill said she moved out because she had “a bit of an aversion” to the area and was afraid of walking into the house without a blinds.
She had bought the house with her husband and her son in the late 1990s but she said the blinds she used had been removed after they became too much a nuisance.
In the late 90s she found the neighbour who had them had moved out, and in 2001 she moved into a different house in nearby Derry and the blind was not on the property.
I think the last time I was in my house was in 1998, and it was just a bit of a nuisance, she said, adding that she has been living in a smaller house in the same area for the past five years.
The couple said they decided to move in because they could not afford to buy the house they were renting in Kilkenny.
However, after several years, Ms O”Donnell said she found her neighbours were not happy about the house.
It was “very upsetting”, she said of the house, “and we had a couple of really good discussions about it, and eventually it was decided we would have to move.
That was really disappointing for me, but it was the only way that I could afford to stay there and get a house and I wanted to live in a house with my family.”
Ms Sargeson said she was not concerned about the neighbours’ complaints because they were just “loudmouth” people who had a “trouble with their language”.
“They don’t even know how to spell our names and the house was really difficult to get into,” she explained.
But Ms Sargersen said that was not enough to justify the removal of the blind spot.
As well as her neighbours, she has also had a number of people who have moved in from other areas complain to her about her home.
“They’ve never come to the door, and they’ve never seen me or been very nice,” Ms Sagnons said.
“They think they can’t understand what I’m talking about.”
She said she believed it was unfair that her neighbours had to go out of their way to get her to move to their property, because it was a private property.
“I think it’s a bit unfair,” she admitted.
A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said the neighbours in Kilkenney have never complained to her that they have to go to her house because of the number of blind spaces.
He said that the people who complain about the number blind spots “aren’t really that smart” and that the owners of the property do not take it into account when they design their properties.
Mr Sagnon said he and his wife “wouldn’t want the people in Kilkington to be able to live there because it would be very difficult to live”.