Two families face bank taking home

Dnal Nolan

Published 27/11/2013 | 05:36

A NUMBER of families in the Tralee area are facing a bleak Christmas after banks repossessed their homes just weeks ahead of the festive holiday.

A NUMBER of families in the Tralee area are facing a bleak Christmas after banks repossessed their homes just weeks ahead of the festive holiday.

Two families in Tralee are now facing into a Christmas without a home after the banks secured repossession orders in the courts. The orders were granted despite the fact that at least one of the families had been making repayments on their mortgage.

The Kerryman understands this family was granted a stay following further legal action, but that it is only for a matter of weeks.

It's an indication of how dire circumstances are becoming for an ever larger numbers of people in Tralee, President of the local St Vincent de Paul branch Christy Lynch told The Kerryman.

Demand for the organisation's help continues to skyrocket in town. "This is how bad it is for some families in Tralee at present in having homes repossessed. I always thought that when people were making any effort at all with repayments their homes would not be taken from them but it seems the banks are giving people no chance," he said.

One of the families were simply told to get out of their home recently and now face spending Christmas and the New Year with either relatives or in emergency accommodation. The other family is praying they will be able to get through the holiday before repossession is granted.

It's vital that people who find themselves in this position make contact with the SVP, Mr Lynch said: "We are seeing it the whole time, but people need to contact us. We can't solve everyone's problem, but we can do something for everyone."

Mr Lynch described the Government as 'liars' intent on spinning the truth of the impact of cuts on ordinary people.

"It's getting worse because of more and more cuts each year and we're particularly concerned about the welfare of elderly people who are being hit with more and more," he said.

"The Government tell us that only €9 was cut from the phone allowance of pensioners for instance, but this is all lies as it is is €22 that has been cut in reality over the past two budgets.

"They say that pensions have not been hit hard, but people are forced to find the money in their pensions to make up for so many other cuts, from the phone allowance to the household charge and water meters now. The Government are liars, lying comes easy to them," he said.

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