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”.