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.
â€œIâ€™m very disappointed that it has not been acknowledged; itâ€™s a let-down to the people I represent,â€ said Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF), who had requested for the letter to be sent at the previous monthâ€™s meeting.
â€œItâ€™s about time the Fine Gael members got onto their ministers. Theyâ€™ll help you when you have a million euro in the bank, but not when youâ€™ve got nothing.â€
Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) added: â€œWeâ€™re five weeks waiting for a reply from the Taoiseach. Itâ€™s outrageous that weâ€™ve heard nothing back. To try and dodge this is foolhardy on the Governmentâ€™s part.â€
Fianna FÃ¡il 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 authorityâ€™s Housing SPC to investigate the possibility of co-ownership.
â€œLocal 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.
â€œThe banks are moving now because theyâ€™re seeing the increase in property values. These people havenâ€™t a shred of morality.â€
Addressing the meeting, Fine Gaelâ€™s Cllr John Browne claimed that, â€œNo owner-occupier has been put out of their home in the last 12 months to date.â€
His party colleague, Cllr MicheÃ¡l Carrigy, pointed the finger of blame at the previous Government and stated, â€œThe Taoiseach is bringing forward new proposals this month to deal with the issue.â€
This assertation prompted Cllr Mulleady to respond: â€œCllr Carrigy is speaking on behalf of the Taoiseach - why couldnâ€™t he put a stamp on an envelope?â€