Today’s interview is something of a cross between an audio and a video article. Vin at TNS Radio and Ben Gilroy talk their way through a recent interview with Ben on TV3. Vin plays and pauses the video as he and Ben discuss what is going on throughout.
The interview in question is in regards to the taking back of a bar outside of Cork from the receivers who had entered the bar, gave the owner a few hundred euro, and for all intents and purposes simply told her to “get out”. As per usual, no tri-party agreement was furnished to or by the receiver, and the court order under which the receivers were operating was not signed by a high court judge. The incident with Mr. Gerry Burns goes into these issues in more detail.
Vin and Ben Gilroy discuss the TV3 Interview:
Ben points out that between the two parties involved in the transaction (the bank and the customer), the only party who has broken any laws would be the banks. They broke serious liquidity laws which carry punishments of five years. How many bankers have you heard of being removed from their businesses or dwellings as a result of these crimes? Under the constitution, “The Dwelling Of Every Citizen Is Inviolable And Shall Not Be Forcibly Entered Save In Accordance With Law”. As the bankers are the only ones who have broken the law, they are the only ones for whom their dwelling may be entered.
Today Ben Gilroy had a short little interview with EastCoast FM. They kick off the interview with a mention of Constitution Halts Sheriff. Following on from this mention they ask Ben why he is of the opinion that the money being paid back to the bondholders is unconstitutional.
Ben Gilroy stated that it is because the debt is classed as an odious debt, and that under United Nations law, countries are not required to pay odious debts following the fall of the regime that incurred them.
EastCoast FM interview with Ben Gilroy:
The presenter asserts that we agreed to the payments. Ben Gilroy states that this is definitely not the case. Following the fall of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gáel made promises of “not one more cent”. This would mean that payments to the bondholders directly flies in the face of the mandate the current government received from the Irish electorate when they took power.
The interview closes with a mention of one of People For Economic Justice’s earlier talks in Tinaheely.
Ben Gilroy is Interviewed by national radio station, Newstalk. The interview opens with comments by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton that the government was of the opinion that eviction was something that “simply shouldn’t happen. She also stated that the key to this is engagement by the banks in renegotiation’s of commitments, in light of a debtors inability to pay due to the enforced economic downturn. This simply doesn’t happen in many cases, as Ben Gilroy highlights time and time again.
Newstalk Interview With Ben Gilroy:
When asked by the presenter if there were any protections in place to protect people who might find themselves in the situation of a Sheriff coming to repossess their family home, Ben Gilroy immediately states that the first line of defense for these people is right here at People For Economic Justice. He gives a short detail of the rights people have protected under the constitution.
One major point Ben Gilroy puts forward in this interview is that in actuality, the Government did in fact put finances in place for the banks to use to cushion the blow for mortgage holders who find themselves unable to pay. This money was simply swallowed up by the banks and not passed on as was intended. The interviewed asserts to Ben Gilroy that the law states that the bank have the right to come and take your home from you if you do not pay. Ben informs him that this is in fact not the case, as no law states this. In the proper circumstance there would need to be a contract in place that states this, but in most cases this is not the case.
Let us reiterate at this point, that the constitution prevent’s eviction of a person from their dwelling, when it says “The Dwelling Of Every Citizen Is Inviolable And Shall Not Be Forcibly Entered Save In Accordance With Law”. The presenter states that the Sheriff has the law on their side as they are in possession of a court order whenever they turn up. As Ben Gilroy replies: “The constitution trumps a court order”. The presenter asserts that “the court operates under the constitution”. Ben agrees.
One last note is the presenters comment “That issues like this cannot be solved over night”. As Ben says, “of course it can, you have to remember, the banks problems got solved over night”.