Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Taoiseach to immediately bring forward legislation to address the heavy handed manner in which repossessions are being carried out.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl made the comments after a group of over 30 uniformed individuals attempted to repossess a farm last week in Castledermot. In the process they trespassed on neighbouring land and terrified local residents.
“Last week we saw the banks turning to sinister tactics in their attempt to repossess family homes and businesses” said Deputy Ó Fearghaíl.
“It has come to my attention that a group of over 30 individuals associated with a security company invaded a farm in Castledermot last week in an attempt to repossess the land. The group were wearing a standardised uniform that included balaclavas and began their operation at midnight and did not leave the area until after 5am as dawn was approaching.
“The security company that attempted to repossess the land were clearly using intimidation tactics. They chose not to approach the property until the dead of night, and their uniform made it difficult to distinguish who exactly they were. They also had a number of dogs on hand that were further used to intimidate and harass the already terrified local community.
“Most worrying is the fact that the security company trespassed on neighbouring property to the farm during the course of the night. Local residents were terrified as they did not know why large groups of individuals were marauding around late at night.
“This sort of occurrence is simply unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. It is more reminiscent of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe than Kenny’s Ireland. I raised the matter in the Dáil directly with the Taoiseach earlier today and demanded that he bring forward legislation to make it a criminal offence to use these sorts of intimidation tactics.” said Deputy Ó Fearghaíl.