LMFM Interview With Ben Gilroy

LMFM who Interviewed Ben Gilroy

As you all may have read, we ran an article yesterday concerning the launch of Ireland’s newest political service, Direct Democracy Ireland. On the same day, Ben Gilroy travelled down to LMFM’s home town of Drogheda to give an interview on that same topic.

Over the course of the interview Ben and the radio host discussed the topic of the bailout of the bondholders in the Irish banks, and what would have happened had Articles 47 and 48 of the Constitution not been illegally removed 75 years ago.

On the night of the government’s secret bank guarantee Brian Lenihan would not have been able to sign off on the bailout. He would not have had the authority to indebt the people of the country to the banks in the sum of €64,000,000,000. Instead he would have simply told the people who allegedly persuaded him, that Ireland had a system called Direct Democracy and that in that system the government had a lawful duty call within days for a referendum to decide on this matter.

The LMFM Interview

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Ben and the host of course cover the topic of bank loans, and the general trials that People For Economic Justice find ourselves in. The host of LMFM reels at the news that far from being in possession of a mortgage contract with the defendant, that the bank in fact sold on those contracts, in batches numbering in the thousands, years beforehand. This practice as we all know is called Securitization.

In other news covered in interview, Ben won two cases last week in the Masters Court. He did this by challenging the court on its Subject Matter Jurisdiction. There are four legs to Subject Matter Jurisdiction. Without all four, the court cannot proceed. They are: The plaintiff  the defendant, the judge, and a competent witness. Can the bank provide a competent witness? Someone who directly witnessed the signing of the contract between the defendant and plaintiff? No so far anyway…

Source: LMFM Radio. Listen to more of their interviews here.

Phoenix FM Interview Ben About The National Lottery

92.5 Phoenix FMBen was interviewed today by Sean Lawlor of Phoenix FM. Sean took an interest in People For Economic Justice when the video Constitution Halts Sheriff went viral on the internet earlier this year. Over the course of the interview Sean and Ben discuss the grossly inappropriate behaviour by KPMG. They discuss The National Lottery’s apparent lack of concern regarding this behaviour. They discuss the banking crisis in general. They discuss mortgage arrears and those dealing with them.

Also discussed is Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy is a political policy that allows citizens of an applicable country to call for a referendum at any time, on any topic, by simply gathering enough signatures of citizens who wish to see such a referendum commence. This was a power granted to the Irish people in the first version of the Irish Constitution: Bunreacht Na hÉireann. This was removed from the Constitution (without a referendum) in the early years of the Irish Freestate. It is currently operated in Switzerland to great effect.

The Interview With Phoenix FM

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We would like to thank Sean and Phoenix FM for his interest, professionalism and for his helping to spread People For Economic Justice’s message. It is a pity KPMG and The National Lottery opted not to comment on the topic on air. Phoenix FM attempted to contact both at the same time as he contacted People For Economic Justice. They received a very short response from The National Lottery:

Hi Sean,
Many thanks for your email.
The National Lottery will not be commenting on this matter.
Kind regards,
Eleanor

Eleanor did not give her title or position so we are uncertain as to what department of The National Lottery she represents. KPMG declined to respond.

Source: Phoenix FM, Listen to more of their interviews here.

Ben Gilroy on The Morning Show

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.