Ben Gilroy and People For Economic Justice are about to dispatch the following letter to Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of The National Lottery. The letter is in regards to their use of KPMG as their advisers/accountants.
Mr Dermot Griffin CEO National Lottery, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1.09 September 2012
I would like to make it known to you and your organisation of the absolute disgust that people all over the country portray to us in regards to the National Lottery. The source of this comes from your decision to have KPMG as your advisers/accountants. I am not sure if you know but KPMG are one of the most aggressive receivers in this country. There seems to be no reasoning with them and I have personally attended meetings with their agents to try come to some sort of reasonable solution that may be acceptable to the bank. I have always found them aggressive and not tuned in to the desperation of the person whose business is failing. When I asked one of their agents, at a meeting in KPMG head office, about a duty of care to the business owner, his reply was “I don’t give a toss about my duty of care”. I must say I was disgusted with this attitude. (Audio recording of meeting available). KPMG are moving in on farms and businesses all over the country.
With banking fraud, greed and deception rife, and the eventual forcing of the good people of this State, to bail out the very banks and bankers, who now show no remorse or their agents KPMG showing even less. It galls the Irish people to see them now involved with the Lotto, which is largely recognised as doing good work.
The Samaritans organization has told the papers that help-lines are under pressure with the massive volume of calls. They take one call every five seconds; every 57 seconds someone calls the Samaritans with suicidal feelings. The majority of callers are men in their 30s as the recession deepens. Ireland’s suicide rate now stands at a shocking 600 deaths per year – and experts believe the figure is rising as the country experiences the pain of recession. A well-orchestrated recession I might add.
The National Suicide Research Foundation’s Director Paul Corcoran said: “The findings are not a coincidence. There is clear evidence that the recession has impacted on the rate of suicidal behaviour in Ireland. I now ask you on behalf of People for Economic Justice to terminate all contact with these vultures who hover over the carcasses of dying businesses that their employers helped to poison and kill, while KPMG seem intent on finishing off the owners.
Awaiting your reply
Update From The National Lottery?
The National Lottery responded on September 20th. Please find the response and our subsequent reply, here.
This week Ben Gilroy was interviewed by Scottish Sovereign On The Land, via broadcast by TNS Radio. During the interview they cover the events surrounding Constitution Halts Sheriff. In that video, Ben Gilroy and People For Economic Justice halted the repossession of a mans house by the county Sheriff, as well as highlighting the behavior of An Garda Siochana, when they assist the Sheriff in events such as that.
Also covered is the unlawful seizure of Ben Gilroy’s car by a private mechanic, on the instruction of An Garda Siochana. Ben’s solution was to simply invoice the mechanic, and take him to court if he finds that the invoice goes unpaid. Two can play the commerce game as Ben say’s! Listen in below for more.
The Interview With Ben Gilroy:
This video provides a very important comparison between the Irish Constitution and the Constitution of Great Britain. The Irish Constitution, as a codified constitution can be utilized in the ways that Ben Gilroy is famous for. The British Constitution however, is an uncodified constitution that is highly open to interpretation.
Ben also covers an instance in court following the incident with the Receiver of the business of Mr. Gerry Burns. In this instance the Judge instructed (verbally) the debtor in question not to interfere with the receivers work at his business. The man kindly informed the judge that he would follow any order, made by her, and also signed by her instead of a court clerk. The judge refused this, which is a clear indication that the judge is fully aware that what she is doing is illegal, and won’t sign the order as it would tie her to the crime!
Ben Gilroy and the owner of The Junction Bar in Glounthaune, Co Cork, decided it was time to take back the bar from the receivers who had moved in. In this TV3 report the owner politely informed the manager (in other words, the receiver) that he has been dismissed. The owner of course has the right to do this as the receiver acts as agent for both the owner of the premises, and the bank in question. As the owner or The Junction Bar did not contract the receiver to act as agent for them, the owner has no obligation for the receiver to do so.
Aside from this fact, the receiver has an equitable duty of care to both the bank, and the owner of The Junction Bar, and as they have not performed on this duty of care, the owner has opted to dismiss them. The topic is covered in more details in the video concerning Mr. Gerry Burns. In a true equitable duty of care, the receiver would need to see the tri-party agreement used to create the loan in question. It is a fair assessment to suggest that a receiver who would ask for such things from the bank (which they may not have) would not be called in as a receiver on behalf of the bank in the future. Due to this implied incentive not to ask, receivers tend not to perform as well on their duty of care to the owner of the property, as they might do for the bank that called them in the first place, rather than renegotiating the loan to see that it gets paid without need for litigation.
As ever Ben has advised the owner of The Junction Bar to give the banks nothing until they document and prove the obligation. Given the banks tendency towards securitization, they may find that challenge difficult if not impossible. Due to this, the bank may regret not just renegotiating the loan, and getting their money back more slowly and certainly surely.