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# Repossession

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# Court
Security guard tells jury he was forced to eat guard dog faeces after Roscommon repossession
The man was allegedly attacked by a large group of men with chains, pickaxe handles and a meat cleaver at a repossessed farmhouse.
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# strokestown
Court orders arrest of siblings over alleged failure to leave controversial Roscommon farm
Private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men in 2018.
# strokestown
KBC claims siblings are in contempt of court after failing to leave property at centre of controversial eviction
The High Court today heard the McGann family has not complied with a court order.
# north frederick street
Gardaí to change how they manage repossessions after Take Back the City incident
Drew Harris said gardaí will be “more assertive” from now on in the way they approach repossessions.
# Arrears
FactCheck: Are there really 20,000 possession cases before the courts?
There has been a slowdown in the number of cases being issued, but it is unclear where exactly the situation stands now.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Has the number of cases taken by banks over arrears halved in two years?
Brendan Burgess claims there is “no tsunami” of arrears cases now.
# Arrears
Call for householders to be given free legal aid to address 'power imbalance' during reposessions
Minister Charlie Flanagan today praised the success of the Abhaile legal advice scheme, but did not indicate it would be extended to provide full representation.
# courts report
Murder, rape and manslaughter: This is what Ireland's courts looked like last year
The number of rape trials heard in the Central Criminal Court increased by 22% from 59 in 2016 to 77 last year.
# Debt
Storm Emma caused higher levels of mortgage arrears as customers missed in-branch payments
The number of accounts in arrears over 720 days has fallen but these cases still account for 41% of all accounts in arrears.
# Repossession
Mother-of-two 'refusing food' after being jailed for contempt of court
Independent TD Mattie McGrath raised her case in the Dáil, telling the Minister for Justice that she had refused to surrender her house to receivers.
# Moral Hazard
Irish people stopped paying mortgages in their droves after a ruling blocked the banks from evicting
The Dunne Judgement from July 2011 stated that banks could no longer foreclose until new legislation was brought in on the issue.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland have a separate court to deal with mortgage arrears cases?
Ten percent of home mortgage accounts in this country are in arrears.
# kindness of strangers
'I can walk a little taller': Radio listeners donate €15k to woman at risk of losing home
The woman is in arrears of €28,000 and was facing repossession.
# first cut is the deepest
A Donegal meat plant and abattoir is being "occupied" by its former owner
Liam McGavigan had gone to local media saying he had “retaken possession of the abattoir”
# Courts
Dublin couple fails to make payment on €1.2 million south Dublin home for two years
It has emerged in court that Niall and Evelyn Shanahan have become estranged.
# Kilmuckridge
Gardaí called to oversee repossession order at Wexford supermarket
It is believed the repossession began around 4am this morning.
# Courts
Dublin couple, who moved to Thailand to reclaim their son's child, to lose family home to repossession
Christopher and Elizabeth O’Brien’s daughter was supposed to pay their mortgage but had failed to do so, a court has heard.
# broken homes
Marriages are becoming the hidden victims of home repossession
Debt support charity Phoenix Project Ireland says 3 in 5 of their clients are women going through separation.
# Arrears
New twist in Twink home repossession case
Adele King and her former partner, David Agnew, are facing a bid to repossess the house they once shared.
# Courts
Former bank employee given 'breathing space' to help save family home of 20 years
The house was meant to be repossessed at 1pm today.
# hard fought
The Naas house-repossession story has taken an interesting twist...
And it doesn’t sound like it’s good news for the bank. A High Court judge has given Leeds Building Society until 28 July to prove they are ‘genuinely interested’ in a resolution.
# Not happening
It's 'not possible or appropriate' to adjourn all repossession cases
Thomas Byrne hoped the courts might halt all repossession cases in light of the government’s planned reforms.
# Castlebar
Court shut down twice in one day as Land League activists protest repossessions
There were over 150 applications for repossessions of homes up for decision today.
# vico road
Receivers nail court papers to gates of O'Donnell family home in Killiney
The High Court dismissed the O’Donnell family attempt to stop the repossession of their family home.
# Debt
Courts 'cannot cope' with amount of home repossessions
‘Angry’ was the word of choice in the Seanad today.
# Repossession
Report on repossessions wants changes, but no legislative reform
An expert group on repossessions found that case management standards of different lenders varies greatly, “with some operating at sub-optimal level”.
# Report Card
IMF review says close supervision of Irish banks is essential
Ireland’s latest report card by the IMF also states that firm implementation of budget policies is required if Ireland wants to achieve its fiscal targets.
# Kennycourt Stud Farm
PICS: Locals lock themselves inside Kildare farm to prevent repossession
The locals padlocked themselves inside Kennycourt Stud Farm in Brannockstown to prevent 10 gardaí and six security guards from entering the site.
# Repossession
Shatter publishes bill with safeguards for repossessions
The legislation will mean that a court can adjourn repossession proceedings in order to allow for the drawing up of a personal insolvency agreement.
# Mortgages
Patrick Honohan: 'Household financial distress is at unprecedented levels'
The Governor of the Central Bank said that banks will have to act more “ pro-actively” and “liberally” in respect of those who cannot realistically pay their mortgages.
# Mortgages
House prices could fall another 20 per cent, warns Fitch
The ratings agency says a large housing oversupply, combined with growing mortgage arrears, will keep prices down.
# Repossession
Shatter said Troika deal will not increase repossessions
The Minister for Justice said the right for banks to repossess a home when a person defaults already exists in mortgage contracts.
# need to know
The Evening with added toe wrestling
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Repossession
Government agrees to close loophole preventing banks repossessing homes
The agreement was made in a memorandum sent by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to the Troika.
# Tom McFeely
In pics: Tom McFeely's house... yours for just €3m
What bankrupt developer of faulty apartments used to live in a mansion like this?
# Explainer
Explainer: Who and what are Ireland's sheriffs?
As repossessions increase, Ireland’s sheriffs find themselves in the news more and more. Here’s all you need to know about them.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your essential round-up of today’s biggest news, plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Banks
Central Bank clarifies rules on contacting borrowers in arrears
The Central Bank has outlined the appropriate rules of engagement for lenders dealing with mortgage customers who have fallen into arrears.