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Taoiseach must intervene in Kanturk eviction case – O’Brien

25 September, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in a situation in Kanturk, County Cork, in which the local Sheriff is attempting to evict a family from their home.

Deputy O’Brien said the couple claim to have made an offer to begin regular payments to the bank and the Taoiseach should intervene to ensure that they do not end up on the streets with their three children.

Deputy O’Brien has been in contact with the family’s spokesperson today.

He said;

“The reality of eviction for this couple is life on the streets with their three children, all of whom are under eight years of age.

“Sinn Féin believes that evictions are morally wrong and should be avoided as much as possible particularly when the mortgage holders are prepared to make attempts to pay the debt.

“This is the case in the situation in Kanturk where the family concerned have offered to pay the bank €400 a month.

“We were given assurances by the Taoiseach and others in government that there would not be widespread evictions when they introduced the legislation on the matter earlier this year.

“The Taoiseach should intervene and ensure that mediation takes place and ultimately that this family does not end up on the streets.”


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