Emergency meeting in Tullamore on mortgage distress and evictions

Emergency meeting in Tullamore on mortgage distress and evictions

Ken Smollen

Following a number of meetings in Portlaoise last May and June about the Mortgage Distress/Court proceedings crisis, another public meeting has been arranged for The Townhouse, Tullamore next Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm.

The meeting is being organised by Ken Smollen of the Irish Democratic Party. 

According to Mr Smollen, “I have been highlighting the mortgage distress/eviction courts crisis and working closely with many families in distress for the last few years.  Despite many promises by TD’s the crisis is now getting worse.”  He added, “The new Courts Bill 2016 will soon be voted on in the Dail and if it’s enacted into Law it will fast track the process even more and thousands more families will be summoned to the Circuit Courts by the banks and vulture funds for the repossession of their homes.”

He continued, “It has been suggested by the many groups who volunteer their help and support to families in financial distress that it’s possible there could be as many as 10 people or even more taking their own lives every single week. The vast majority of these deaths go unreported meaning that the problem remains a very hidden and personal one for thousands of people in Ireland. The fact that this desperate and growing crisis remains so hidden gives TD’s and the Government the perfect excuse for not recognising the problem in any way or even making any real attempts to solve it!”

“I have attended many repossession courts throughout the country to offer my support to the thousands of families who are being summoned to the courts by the banks.  Many people have told me their own harrowing stories of hardship and desperation," said Mr Smollen. 

Mr Smollen believes it is vitally important that people who find themselves in the 'awful situation' of being brought to the repossession courts, and people who are aware of the seriousness of the mortgage distress/eviction problem in Ireland come together to discuss possible solutions and definitive action to put a stop to families being 'terrorised' in their homes by the banks.

Members of The Hub-Ireland will be in attendance to offer help free of charge to anyone who may need it and all 158 TD’s have been invited to attend.

He added, “Thousands of families all over Ireland are being terrorised by Irish and foreign owned banks that have received the full support of three successive Irish Governments that have willingly thrown hundreds of thousands of our people to the aptly named vulture funds and banking wolves!  

“On Monday, November 14, 585 families are on the repossession courts lists in 13 courts throughout the country. This is an appalling situation that’s happening every day of the week and is being totally ignored by our Government. Unfortunately most of these families will not attend and won’t be represented in any way at these courts.  Through fear, many people bury their heads in the sand hoping that someone, somewhere will do something to put an end to their ongoing nightmare," concluded Mr Smollen.

To continue reading this archived article for FREE,
please just kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.