Bailiffs 'tried to evict family days before Christmas'
A mother and her three young children were approached by bailiffs who attempted to evict the family just three days before Christmas, a Midlands TD has said.
Offaly North Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan said she had been made aware of attempts to evict a woman and her young children from a rented property on December 22.
She said that she wants to see concrete action on house repossessions, particularly for tenants who were finding themselves "caught in the crossfire".
"She was very, very distressed.
"It is the worst case I have heard of in the constituency," she said.
"I made immediate contact with the bailiff company who claimed that they were just 'trying to make contact with the tenant'."
She said that after the incident the woman, who lives with three children and her grandchild, was afraid to venture out of the house or answer the door for fear that the property might be repossessed.
She said the woman was "caught in the crossfire" as it is her landlord who is facing repossession.
Along with her party colleague, Cllr Sean Maher, she has now contacted the Offaly County Council in the hope of finding accommodation for the woman and her children.
While she is hopeful of a positive outcome, she said the council is not being provided with adequate funding for housing from central government.
She also believes council properties are left vacant for too long.
"The Government must do more to protect home owners and tenants," she said. "Their silence and inaction on the issue has been shameful."