Quite possibly the first rule of any court room, of any type, in any form of civilization in the world, is that the Judge presiding over said court, must be unbiased and honourable. This is for a very obvious reasons. If the Judge is biased, how can they possibly hope to judge a situation in a fair way? Enter Judge Mary Laffoy of the High Court. Judge Mary Laffoy presides over a lot of the cases that Ben Gilroy and People For Economic Justice attend, in an attempt to keep people in their homes. Judge Mary Laffoy has been responsible for some of the most heinous miscarriages of justice thus far encountered by People For Economic Justice.
The video below highlights the character of this woman. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy is seen in the video below, instructing law students on how to evict families from their homes. This clearly demonstrates that Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy is entirely biased on the matter of eviction. How on earth can she stand and judge the merits of a case on the topic, when a banks interests are weighed against the rights of a family to keep warm and out of the elements?
The Honourable Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy
You can read plenty of stories about Ms. Mary Laffoy elsewhere on the site. The most obvious one is the classic miscarriage of justice that was the case of Gerry Burns.
One thing not related to People For Economic Justice that we can thank Ms Mary Laffoy for is the blocking of the injunction by Independent TD Thomas Pringle, against the ratification of the European Stability Mechanism. Mr. Pringle argued that the ESM was linked to the Fiscal Treaty. As the Fiscal Treaty was put to the people in a referendum, so to should the ESM ratification. Ms Mary Laffoy felt otherwise. Find a full article on the topic here.
In anticipation of an upcoming section of the site, which will be entitled “Templates”, we have decided to share one trick with you a little early. The document in the image below hangs on Ben Gilroy’s front door, and is called the “Removal of Implied Right of Access”.
Implied right of access is what is known as an implicit right. An implicit right is one in which a person feels they have the right to do something, despite that right never having been directly granted to them. An example of this is your postman. Your postman has the implied right to enter onto your land, walk or drive up to your door, and insert letters into your letter box. The reason this is an implied right, is that at no point do you ever actually say to the postman “I give you the right to enter my land, and push letters through my letter box”.
Where one can run into trouble with this implied right, is that so-called licence inspectors, Sheriffs, debt collectors, and other such undesirables feel that they have the right to enter into your land, approach your door, and unsolicited engage with you. This notice politely, but firmly, informs them that you grant them no such right, and better yet, lays down compensation due for anyone who exercises this right, that you have now relieved them of.
The Document To Remove Implied Right of Access
Click the above image to enlarge it for ease of reading, or click here to download an Editable Word Document.
Seamus Sherlock, a native of Feohanagh, Co. Limerick, gained national attention two years ago when he chained himself to the railings outside the ESB headquarters, in protest of the companies refusal to accept a €50 per week payment in satisfaction of his outstanding bills. The ESB as said had rejected this offer and were planning on simply cutting off Seamus Sherlock’s electricity supply until the debt was satisfied. Seamus could not allow this as he had five kids in school, one of whom was currently sitting her leaving certificate.
This matter was eventually settled, however the situation had awoken Seamus to the problems facing an enormous percentage of Irish people in debt. One of those problems (other than the ESB bills) that Seamus also was faced with was the growing problem of Mortgage Debt.
With that he founded the group Life After Debt, and in a fashion not to dissimilar from People For Economic Justice, started to teach people that they do in fact have rights, and just because a Bank has opted to dispatch a sheriff to attempt to take your house from you… that doesn’t mean your rights have somehow gone away.
Seamus Sherlock Barricades Farm Against Sheriff
Perhaps due to Seamus Sherlock’s notoriety as a campaigner for those in debt, and perhaps just out of pure chance, a notice arrived through Seamus’ door in August informing him that the sheriff would be calling to take possession of the farm. Seamus called on his allies in groups such as the Anti-Eviction Taskforce, who immediately went about barricading the farm against the Sheriff.
As of Saturday 24th of February 2018 the Sheriff (most likely due to the publicity) has yet to arrive to attempt to take possession of the farm. Should that day arrive, in which a Sheriff yet again attempts to execute a power that they have not had in this country since circa 1916, then we would like to officially reassure Seamus that People For Economic Justice will hit the road at first warning to go and explain to the gentleman why he is in fact not going to be taking possession of the farm, and why Seamus’ home is inviolable save in accordance with the law!