Taoiseach ignores County Council’s letter on house repossessions

Taoiseach ignores County Council’s letter on house repossessions
Councillors were left angered and frustrated at the monthly meeting of Longford County Council when members were informed no reply had been received in relation to a letter sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny last month, which implored the Government to assist homeowners facing repossessions by banks.

Councillors were left angered and frustrated at the monthly meeting of Longford County Council when members were informed no reply had been received in relation to a letter sent to Taoiseach Enda Kenny last month, which implored the Government to assist homeowners facing repossessions by banks.

“I’m very disappointed that it has not been acknowledged; it’s a let-down to the people I represent,” said Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF), who had requested for the letter to be sent at the previous month’s meeting.

“It’s about time the Fine Gael members got onto their ministers. They’ll help you when you have a million euro in the bank, but not when you’ve got nothing.”

Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) added: “We’re five weeks waiting for a reply from the Taoiseach. It’s outrageous that we’ve heard nothing back. To try and dodge this is foolhardy on the Government’s part.”

Fianna Fáil representative Cllr Seamus Butler pointed out that the County Council had a vested interest in taking action as it is a housing authority, and called on the local authority’s Housing SPC to investigate the possibility of co-ownership.

“Local authorities should get directly involved, give the banks a haircut payment, and take co-ownership of these houses, which would allow the occupants to pay back what they can, when they can.

“The banks are moving now because they’re seeing the increase in property values. These people haven’t a shred of morality.”

Addressing the meeting, Fine Gael’s Cllr John Browne claimed that, “No owner-occupier has been put out of their home in the last 12 months to date.”

His party colleague, Cllr Micheál Carrigy, pointed the finger of blame at the previous Government and stated, “The Taoiseach is bringing forward new proposals this month to deal with the issue.”

This assertation prompted Cllr Mulleady to respond: “Cllr Carrigy is speaking on behalf of the Taoiseach - why couldn’t he put a stamp on an envelope?”