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Government policies facilitating growing number family home repossessions – Doherty

3 March, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Finance Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of facilitating the growing number of family home repossession cases in Ireland.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The government have facilitated through its policies the repossession of Family Homes and are still not interested in dealing with this crisis. They have failed to deal with the mortgage crisis and we see the results in the growing numbers of repossession cases.”

“The Central Bank tells us there are 37,484 homes in the most serious of arrears facing legal actions. When these figures were first published in September 2012, there were only 20,000.”

“We know this government wants to focus on headline economic growth figures which are debatable. They do not want to engage with issues like people losing their family home or the banks bullying and intimidating the very people that bailed them out. The stories of families across the State who are waking up every morning in fear of losing their home does not fit into the Fine Gael narrative.”

“It is the reality they created. This government came to power four years ago and promised to deal with the mortgage crisis. Like it has in its attempts to deal with the national debt crisis, it has failed miserably. I note today that the Greek Parliament has passed a Bill protecting family home from repossession. So there is a choice.” 

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