This week in Dáil Éireann, Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Martin Ferris, called on the Government to protect a vulnerable Kerry family from having their home repossessed by Bank of Ireland.
Speaking under Promised Legislation, Deputy Ferris outlined the case in question:
“In January of this year Trish Flavin died suddenly leaving five children, twins aged five, a boy six and girls 11 and 16.
Victims of Tracker Mortgage Scandal
“I would argue strongly, as would her husband, that this was as a consequence of them being victims of the Tracker Mortgage scandal.
“In 2016 they received an eviction notice and repossession order from Bank of Ireland. Then, in February of this year they received an apology from the bank and despite this apology the bank continue to proceed with the repossession orders.
“I am asking you Minister, will you and your government ensure that the Mortgage Special Courts Bill and the Mortgage Arrears Bill be fast tracked and will you also ensure that the family of Trish Flavin are not evicted,” – Deputy Ferris pleaded.
Treated Appallingly by Bank
Speaking afterwards Mr. Ferris said that the Flavin family like countless others, have been treated appallingly by their bank.
“To have to bury the mother of your five young children and then face the might of the banks through the courts is downright disgraceful.
“While the people of this state have suffered austerity to pay for the mistakes of bankers and politicians, families like the Flavins are left to fend for themselves.
“I want to assure Ray Flavin and his family that I and my party stand full square with them in their battle with the bank,” – Deputy Ferris concluded.
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