We strive here at People For Economic Justice to show in an honest light, the blatantly unlawful actions often undertaken by the banking sector. The actions occur during the repossession of homes and businesses from people who are unable to keep up with their mortgage repayments. These people would like nothing more than to keep paying, but are simply unable to do so at the rate that they managed during the economic boom. The following video from TNS Radio, shows just how above and beyond the law these institutions believe themselves to be, in a situation involving popular professional golfer Lee Harrington.
Lee Harrington’s Home
And there you have it. Golfer Lee Harrington returned home one day to find himself evicted from his home. Lee was disconcerted to find his normal key not working, but also the electricity and water having been cut off. The odd part about this issue, which from the outside appeared to be a cut and dry eviction, is that Lee Harrington did not owe a single cent to any bank for this home, having made a very healthy living as caddy to Tiger Woods, and having won the Irish Open himself. Lee is currently in contact with his solicitor to deal with the matter.
This says a great deal about how the banks view themselves. They are so unconcerned about the law that they don’t even feel the need to double-check the address they gave to the Sheriff, when they dispatch him to tear families from their homes on a day-to-day basis. This Sheriff then clearly does not feel the need to double-check that the house in question was even purchased using a loan from that bank. They could in theory just hand out any old address, and have the Sheriff sell it! Not only do they break the constitution, wherein Lee Harrington’s home is stated to be inviolable save as to law, but even if that law did not exist, they are breaking and entering as Lee Harrington did not even have a loan arranged with them to start with.
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”.