7 March 2016
By Bryan Smyth
Newly-elected Anti Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry this morning slammed the increase in home repossessions granted by the State’s Circuit Courts in 2015.
Statistics from the Courts Service released this morning show home repossessions to have increased 20% nationwide in 2015 and to have more than doubled in Cork during the same period.
According to this morning’s Irish Times there were 1,284 home repossessions granted nationwide in 2015 compared to 1063 in 2014. Of the 2015 repossessions 918 were for primary homes and 366 were for buy-to-lets and others.
Cork Circuit Court granted more home repossessions than any other Circuit Court in the State last year with 170 orders granted compared to 84 in 2014. Of these 170 orders, 123 were for primary homes and 47 were for buy-to-lets or others.
It is understood that a much greater number of repossessions could have taken place last year if it weren’t for a dispute over the jurisdiction of the Circuit Courts to grant repossession orders.
Deputy Barry said this morning that repossessions should be banned for primary homes and that economic evictions should be made illegal.
He said: “Repossessions should be banned for primary homes and economic evictions should be made illegal. The economic recovery isn’t worth its name if it means an increasingly number of families losing their family homes and being left without a roof over their heads.”