This is the original appearance of Ben Gilroy of People For Economic Justice in the national press. Ben was interviewed by The Morning Show on 15th November 2011. Watch the video attached for Ben Gilroy’s story.
Ben Gilroy’s Story
In the video Ben Gilroy details his experiences when attempting to renegotiate the debt, instead of facing the possibility of a Sheriff arriving on his doorstep to take away his family home. He was told in 2007 by his Mortgage Broker that while Start Mortgages were a little on the expensive side (€2800 a month), the broker would get him away from them and into another mortgage within six months. This never happened due to the infamous bank bailout. After a year or two of this, Ben found he was not even able to contact his Broker. After a further year, Ben simply ran out of money and was unable to continue to pay his interest only mortgage.
Over the course of the interview Ben makes it clear that he wants nothing from the state in terms of benefits etc, and simple wants to represent people in the same situation. He points that it took 8 hours to bail out these banks, and yet no one seems to be fighting to bail out the banks. He points out that he approached Start Mortgage if they would give him a smaller, more affordable loan, on a smaller house. They said no. He asked them, since their evaluator was the one that grossly overvalued the house, would they take half the hit on the negative equity. They said no.
All over the country there are families on ever road facing the same problems Ben Gilroy and the rest of People For Economic Justice. They are too proud or too ashamed to admit that they are in trouble, and most importantly, they don’t realise that in all likelihood, so are many other people in their neighbourhood.
The website mentioned in the video is no longer the name or homepage of this organization.