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Friday 22 August 2014

Sinn Fein man rejects council's bid to evict his family from house

Niall O'Connor

Published 24/04/2014 | 02:30

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Defiant: Councillor John Brady
Defiant: Councillor John Brady

A Sinn Fein politician has resisted efforts by a local authority to evict him and his family from their home.

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Officials from Bray Town Council yesterday attempted to evict sitting councillor John Brady, his wife and five children as a result of alterations he made to his council home without permission.

Mr Brady, who narrowly lost out to Stephen Donnelly for a Dail seat in 2011, told the council officials that his family were not prepared to vacate their home in Bray.

The outspoken councillor has been engaged in a bitter dispute with the local authorities for several months over alterations he made to the property 10 years ago.

Mr Brady claimed last night that he now expects the council to use the courts in a bid to evict his family from their Kilbride Grove home.

"The impact this has had on our family, I just cannot describe.

"It's been absolutely awful," he told the Irish Independent. "They called to our home, knocked on our front door and told us to leave and hand back the keys. We said quite strongly that we are just not prepared to do that."

Mr Brady said the threat of eviction has "been hanging over us" for quite some time and exposes the "sheer lack of compassion" by the council.

"I am under no circumstances putting my family on the side of the road for anyone, that's simply not going to happen."

Mr Brady polled more than 7,000 first preference votes at the last general election in the Wicklow constituency.

After a nail-biting final count, he lost out on taking a seat by just 112 votes. The seat was eventually won by Independent TD Stephen Donnelly.

Mr Brady is most known for highlighting the events that led to the deaths of firefighters Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray as they tackled a blaze in a disused factory in 2007.

A spokesperson for Bray Town Council told the Irish Independent: "In order to avoid prejudicing the outcome of any possible legal proceedings and to avoid compromising our tenants rights under the Data Protection and Freedom of Information acts, Bray Town Council does not have any comment to make, other than to say we are available to discuss this matter with the tenants concerned."

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