A Solicitor for €25000 or Ben Gilroy for 20c?

Given the option, what would you choose? Hire a solicitor, who makes no guarantee of results, to the point where he wont even trust himself to win enough money with which to you can pay said solicitor? A solicitor who still expects payment even if he does not advance your cause in the slightest? Or alternatively ask Ben Gilroy to help? Ben Gilroy who has a proven track record of halting even the most tenacious Receivers and Sheriffs, and who will ask for nothing more than the price of a pint, or maybe a few euro’s towards a tank of petrol to and from the court?

Doesn’t seem like a difficult decision…

One important point mentioned in this video is the useful tool called the Mackensi Friend. This is the simple rule of court, where in  a person who might be too nervous to represent themselves, and to indebted to the banks to have a hope of paying for a solicitor, to have a friend stand beside them and speak on their behalf. This allows Ben Gilroy be speak for just about any home owner.

The Mind of Ben Gilroy

One instance occurred where in Ben was about to stand as Mackensi Friend for a man. The banks solicitor immediately objected at the start of the proceedings. When the judge asked to what the solicitor was objecting, the solicitor pointed at Ben Gilory and said “HIM!”. The judge asked the solicitor to explain, and the solicitor stated that they were not suing the man, but in fact were suing the company (whose name was exactly the same as the man) and therefore the rule of the Mackensi Friend did not apply in this case. The defendant asked for a short break as he had not been expecting this, and the request was granted.

Outside the courtroom, Ben instructed the man to call to order an emergency meeting of his companies directors. The man did this, with a look of confusion on his face. Ben then stated “Vote me in as a director”, which the man did with a look of dawning comprehension on his face. Ben then lead them back into the court, and upon the Judge declaring the court was now in session, Ben immediately stood up and launched into a speak, beginning with: “Speaking as a director…”. The solicitors face fell.

Just goes to show you, there is always a way around a problem. As always thanks to TNS Radio for this video.

TV3 Interview Ben Gilroy

TNS Radio who discuss the interview with Ben GilroyToday’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.

Source: TNS Radio.

Ben Gilroy Talk In Wicklow

Today we take a look at a talk held by Ben Gilroy, the rest of People For Economic Justice, Ray Whitehead, and Direct Democracy Ireland. The talk in Wicklow was split into three main speakers, Ben Gilroy, Ray Whitehead and Clare Leonard. We will discuss the topics covered in each video in more detail, after each video.

Part One of the Talk in Wicklow

In part one of the Talk In Wicklow, Ben jumps straight into the corruption of the banking sector in Ireland, as well as the political spectrum itself. He covers the claims of the Irish government that they did not know who the bank bondholders were, which People For Economic Justice famously proved wrong on Tonight With Vincent Browne. Direct Democracy Ireland, mentioned at the Talk in WicklowBen also discusses a very important topic called Direct Democracy. Direct Democracy is a relatively simple political process, that was a part of the original 1922 Bunreacht Na hEireann, and was removed in the revised 1937 constitution. In this system, any citizen can bring about a referendum on any given topic, provided they can gather a predetermined amount of signatures in support of the issue’s being raised to a referendum. In the original wording of the constitution that number was 75,000. If this system had been in place at 2008, and a bailout of unguaranteed bondholders had been announced, how long would it have taken to gather that number of signatures  and what would have been the result of that referendum? We at People For Economic Justice don’t feel it would have taken more than an afternoon.

Part Two of the Talk in Wicklow

This segment covers the history of Direct Democracy, and the actual efforts being put in to get it back. Getting it back is the key element in the new political party, as most people don’t even realise that Ireland had it in the first place.

Part Three of the Talk in Wicklow

The third video is a somewhat harrowing outlook on the current state of the economy, but with some good suggestions going forward at the end.