Eviction tactics in Roscommon ‘unacceptable and intolerable’ – Doherty
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the tactics used by KBC bank in enforcing repossession in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon were “unacceptable and intolerable”.
He said the issue highlighted the completely unregulated nature of receivers and people employed to enforce evictions.
Deputy Doherty said:
“I was shocked at the video footage from Roscommon showing the aggression and violence perpetrated in enforcing an eviction order. KBC Bank is responsible for this eviction and must be held to account. I have written to the Oireachtas Finance Committee calling for KBC and their agents involved in this eviction to appear before the Committee.
“For years now, I have been seeking the regulation of receivers and their employees – something that is completely lacking. Almost three years ago, in January 2016 then Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told me that the working group on company law reform would consider this issue. In October, officials informed me that it still hasn’t even looked at the issue. This regulation must be put in place as per the recommendation of my colleague Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD.
“Public anger is rising at the constant Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil enabling of banks, these modern day bailiffs, and the vulture funds to act as they like.
“Only last week, government voted against an anti-evictions Bill. Meanwhile, we have State owned banks selling thousands of mortgages that are meeting their arrangements to a vulture fund in a cosy carve up that is tax free. A culture of banks first and people last has been built by Fine Gael and enabled by Fianna Fail which has led to bailed out banks turning people out of their homes while ignoring Central Bank codes of conduct, selling them to unregulated, untaxed vultures, and hiring shadowy groups of people to enforce their will.
“The immediate issue lies with banks employing security firms with no accountability to evict working families. Those banks should cease these operations and resolve their cases through the many, many other avenues open to them.”