Councillors oppose home repossessions

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The members of Longford County Council are considering ways of showing support for homeowners who are at risk of having their homes repossessed following a discussion on the topic at last week’s meeting of Longford County Council.

The members of Longford County Council are considering ways of showing support for homeowners who are at risk of having their homes repossessed following a discussion on the topic at last week’s meeting of Longford County Council.

The issue was raised by Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Martin Mulleady who claimed that the banks are frightening people who are in financial difficulties.

He said that the council should write a letter to the Taoiseach but Cllr Mae Sexton said that council members should consider taking different action.

“A letter may be too late for some of these people,” she said. “We as councillors have a responsibility towards families in arrears and there’s not a chance of them getting council houses because we don’t have them.

“If courts realise local representatives are standing up and saying we don’t want these reposessions to happen, they may listen,” she said.

“If I and my children were about to be evicted I would hope the members of the council would be behind me. The family home is sacrosanct.”

For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.