9 March 2015
By David O’Sullivan
Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick Barry this morning called for legislation to ban home repossessions as news emerged that only Dublin and Meath Circuit Courts have had more civil bills for repossession submitted to them this year than Cork Circuit Court.
Seven thousand one hundred and one (7101) civil bills for repossessions have been submitted to the state’s 26 Circuit Courts since January 1 and 543 of these have been submitted to Cork Circuit Court according to this morning’s Irish Time. Only Dublin (1420) and Meath (564) have had more.
Contrary to popular belief buy-to-lets are the subject of only a small percentage of the repossession bills: in December 2014 there were 21 repossession bills across the state for buy-to-lets compared with 694 bills relating to family homes.
Cllr Barry said this morning: “There is clearly a surge in repossession applications initiated by banks which want to profit from rising property prices. The Irish Mortgage Holders Association is now saying that 25,000 homes could be repossessed this year. The vast majority of the families affected are ordinary families with lifestyles far removed from that of the O’Donnell family in Gorse Hill, Killiney in Dublin. We need legislation that prevents the banks from forcing these ordinary families out of their homes and stops a social disaster from occurring in this country as the repossessions momentum gathers.”
Cllr Barry also said that he would support community-based resistance to evictions of ordinary families and expressed the hope that 2015 would be the year when such resistance would become popular.