Tuesday 17 October 2017

Eviction family in final plea to court

Around 100 protesters gathered outside the home of Martin and Claire O'Sullivan in Kanturk, Co Cork, to prevent a sheriff carrying out an eviction order
Around 100 protesters gathered outside the home of Martin and Claire O'Sullivan in Kanturk, Co Cork, to prevent a sheriff carrying out an eviction order
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A FAMILY with three young children facing eviction over mortgage arrears are planning a last-ditch High Court appeal to save their home.

Martin and Claire O'Sullivan face losing their house despite offering to make reduced repayments to their lender.

More than 100 supporters have protested outside the O'Sullivans' home in Kanturk, Co Cork, over the past four days.

Anti-Eviction Ireland Taskforce (AETF) and Independent Resistance Ireland (IRI) have maintained round-the-clock pickets to persuade the sheriff not to enforce the eviction order in favour of Start Mortgages.

Dozens of supporters are available via text alert if officials take steps to remove the family from the property.

"We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support shown to us," said Mr O'Sullivan (36). "But we still face the threat of losing our home and everything we have worked for."

AETF official Denis O'Brien said: "The tragedy is that there are thousands of families in this plight."

A spokesman for Start Mortgages was unavailable.

Irish Independent

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