Strokestown family subjected to forced eviction critical of An Taoiseach and 'condemn all forms of violence'

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Strokestown family subjected to forced eviction critical of An Taoiseach and 'condemn all forms of violence'

Strokestown family subjected to forced eviction critical of An Taoiseach and 'condemn all forms of violence'

The McGann family from Strokestown, County Roscommon, who last week were subjected to a forced eviction by a Northern Ireland based security firm acting on behalf of KBC Bank, have accused An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to our eviction. 

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The family, through Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, issued a statement this evening in response to the deeply distressing events they have been forced to endure over recent days.

During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Mr Varadkar in an exchange with Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty said that "it doesn't take long for your balaclava to slip."

The McGann family stated;

“Our family has been overwhelmed by the levels of support we have received and we wish to pay special thanks to our neighbours and friends who have greatly helped us during a very traumatic time. We would also like to pay tribute to the people from across the four corners of Ireland whose sympathy and solidarity has been of great assistance in our time of need and to the people who travelled long distances to stand in solidarity with us.

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“The forced eviction from our home has left our family shocked by unforeseen events that were thrust upon us. Our ordeal has been further compounded by the inaccurate and ill-informed media coverage of our eviction, and the subsequent events that have occurred. We wish to make clear we condemn all forms of violence and want to see the rule of law upheld but we have also been deeply upset by the use of inflammatory language that has characterised much of the media reportage.

“We believe our plight has been exploited by some wishing to further their own narrow agendas and we were particularly disappointed at comments made today by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil. His remarks, we believe, are a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to our eviction. He has yet to adequately respond to the actions of unidentified security personnel who forcibly, and with considerable violence, removed our family from our home in front of a massive Garda presence that oversaw the eviction nor has he responded to concerns about the legality of the eviction notice.”

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The McGanns say that matters relating to their eviction will be heard before the courts in due course. They also appealed for their privacy to be respected as they resume their preparations for Christmas.