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Bank wants members of Roscommon family jailed for contempt over High Court order to vacate farm

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The home in Strokestown, Roscommon

The home in Strokestown, Roscommon

The home in Strokestown, Roscommon

KBC bank wants members of Co Roscommon family jailed for contempt over their alleged failure to comply with a High Court order to vacate a farm that was the centre of a controversial eviction.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds was told on Friday by the bank’s lawyer, Rossa Fanning SC. his client wants to apply for the attachment and committal to prison of siblings Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann.

KBC claims that the McCanns have not complied with a court order directing them to vacate their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

Last October, KBC secured an injunction giving the family until noon on Tuesday, November 12 to leave and cease trespassing on the property.

However, KBC claims the McGanns have not complied with the order and remain on the property.

The bank wants to bring an application which could result in them being jailed for an alleged contempt of court.

Ms Justice Reynolds adjourned the matter to next week after being informed that another related matter, where lawyers for David and Geraldine McGann are seeking to no longer represent them, is due to be heard.

The two matters are to be considered by the court on the same day, the judge said.

The case centres around events in December 2018 when the McGann family were evicted from the farm on foot of a repossession order KBC obtained in respect of the property several years ago.

The eviction gained national media attention after private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men.

Gardai subsequently launched an investigation after the security personnel were attacked, several of whom required medical treatment, several vehicles were burnt and a dog had to be put down due to injuries it sustained.

The McGanns, who were not involved in those incidents, subsequently returned to the property and have remained there since.

The property was the subject of a loan agreement between KBC and the farm's registered owner, Michael Anthony McGann.

He fell into arrears on repayments and owed the bank some €431,000. KBC obtained a possession order over the property in 2012, which was not appealed.

The last repayment on the loan to KBC was made by the borrower in February 2014, it was claimed.

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