Statement by Seamus Healy TD (WUA) 087-2802199. Sent by Paddy Healy 086-4183732 on behalf of the Deputy.
Seamus Healy TD was interviewed by Keelin Shanley on the Sean O’Rourke Programme on RTE this morning on the question of repossession of homes. A clip from his Leaders question to Eamonn Gilmore on the issue was also played.
Seamus reiterated that there was up to 30,000 mortgage holders with no disposal income who cannot avail of the personal insolvency procedure and are daily losing their homes. This had already been accepted by Minister Ruairi Quinn in contradiction to the positions of Eamonn Gilmore and Enda Kenny.
On the programme, Julie Sadlier solicitor for the Phoenix Project backed up Deputy Healy’s position and portrayed an even wider problem. Ms Sadlier advised people in this dilemma not to voluntarily surrender their homes as much could be done by organisations such as Phoenix to keep them in their homes. Phoenix Project, Port laoise, is a not for profit charitable organisation
Seamus Healy reiterated his call to government to introduce new legislation to stop bailed out banks bullying and harassing people out of their homes. He pointed out that the state is being left with the payment of rent allowance to families who have been effectively evicted from their homes.
Seamus Healy TD