Sunday 4 December 2016

Family left homeless after loan sharks launch attacks

Greg Harkin

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Antoinette Keane. Carl Brennan
Antoinette Keane. Carl Brennan

A couple and their three children have been left homeless after loan sharks forced them out of their town.

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Gardaí have launched an investigation into the gang behind a series of incidents which have forced Antoinette Keane and her husband Edward, a retired Defence Forces soldier, to quit their home in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo.

Ms Keane, (43), says the crime gang has been terrorising the town "for years" and she was targeted after she refused to continue her payments.

The gang smashed windows at her home and in their car on the Ballina Road.

She says she will now move anywhere in Ireland to get out of Sligo and away from the gang members.

A €300 loan came with a 100pc interest rate.

"When I paid off the €600, I was told I still owed them €2,500. Then it became €500 a week if we wanted to continue to live in Tubbercurry," said Ms Keane.

The mother of six was in hiding last night with her husband and three youngest children aged 14, 13 and 10.

Streets

"We managed to get somewhere to stay until Saturday but after that we are on the streets," she said.

"I will go anywhere in Ireland now. We are not on social welfare and we don't get rent supplements.

"We can afford to rent privately and now we just want to start our lives all over again somewhere else.

"We would appeal for help from anyone who can help us start our lives all over again somewhere else."

Irish Independent

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