TWO families in Tralee are facing a desperately bleak Christmas after banks repossessed their homes weeks before the festive season.
The repossessions come as an indication of the worsening circumstances for many in town, where demand for the services of the St Vincent de Paul continues to skyrocket.
Banks have secured two repossession orders against Tralee families unable to repay hefty mortgages taken out at the height of the boom.
One family have already been directed to quit their home and the other is awaiting the outcome of a last-minute appeal. It is feared this will merely delay repossession and the family could still face Christmas without their home.
St Vincent de Paul Tralee branch president Christy Lynch said the repossessions are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the real picture of poverty and despair in town. He also branded the Government 'liars' for saying that recent budget cuts would not affect people unduly.