Ferris Calls for Release of Former Castleisland Publican Brian McCarthy

Former Castleisland publican and Killarney native, Brian McCarthy was jailed for supporting a man being evicted from his home. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris – calling for the immediate release of Brian McCarthy. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Right to Water campaigner and Killarney native, Brian McCarthy was jailed last week by a court in Ennis for supporting a man who was being evicted from his home .

Kerry Sinn Féin members held a protest in support of the former Castleisland publican today outside the Bank of Ireland in Tralee.
Ennis Circuit Court
“Last week at Ennis Circuit court, Killarney man and long time anti eviction campaigner, Brian McCarthy was jailed for his support of Corofin man Tommy Collins, who Bank of Ireland are trying to evict,” said Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris at the protest.

“Brian has stood shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Collins, who is a vulnerable person and who should never have been put through the ordeal of the Former Castleisland justice system in the first place.

Bankers in Prison

“While the taxpayer has been forced to bail out the banks, unfortunate people like Mr. Collins are abandoned and thrown to the wolves by bankers and politicians whose agenda is to protect those at the top of the ladder, to the detriment of ordinary decent people,” said Deputy Ferris.

“We have seen very few bankers put in prison despite the social and economic catastrophe that some of them caused.

Visit Requested

“Brian should be released immediately and be left return to his family.

I have requested a visit for tomorrow with Brian from the prison authorities and I hope to see him then,” Deputy Ferris concluded.

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