Sinn Féin To Protest Outside Tralee Banks On Saturday

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Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Ferris.

Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Ferris.

KERRY Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris will lead a protest outside banks in Tralee tomorrow.

Sinn Féin say the protest is “to highlight the government’s continuing failure to deal with mortgage debt crisis and the banks aggressive behaviour towards those in mortgage distress.”

This week saw financial institutions take 65 repossession cases against people in Kerry at the Circuit Court in Tralee.

“It is clear to see that this government is content to let the mortgage crisis unwind at the pace of the banks’ choosing,” said Deputy Ferris. “Their actions, or lack of, have shown that their priorities lie with the banks rather than struggling families who have found themselves at risk of having their home repossessed. This week in Tralee we had 65 repossession cases brought by various banks at the Circuit Court.”

“Last April Sinn Féin brought forward the Land and Conveyancing Reform (Amendment) Bill 2013 which would have substantially enhanced legal protections for pressurised mortgage holders and make it harder for the banks to repossess homes. Our bill would have put in place a realistic and solid legal protection from repossession for struggling homeowners who are making a real effort to repay their mortgage. Unfortunately Fine Gael and Labour refused to support our Bill,” said Deputy Ferris.

“It is time to start protecting families at risk of homelessness and it is high time that the government began that process,” he said.

Tomorrow’s protest will start at 1pm outside the AIB on Castle Street.


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