Monday 18 November 2019

Complaint to gardaí over court removal

Stephen Manning (Integrity Ireland) speaking, Gerry O’Boyle (the Land League), Joe Doocey (Integrity Ireland) and John Cadden of The Land League and members of Integrity Ireland outside Castlebar Court House
Stephen Manning (Integrity Ireland) speaking, Gerry O’Boyle (the Land League), Joe Doocey (Integrity Ireland) and John Cadden of The Land League and members of Integrity Ireland outside Castlebar Court House

Caroline Crawford

PROTESTERS who were denied access to a court while repossession cases were being heard in the Taoiseach's home town of Castlebar are to lodge an official complaint with gardaí.

Members of Integrity Ireland and Land League West disrupted the hearings at Castlebar Court House on a number of occasions causing Registrar Fintan Murphy to adjourn twice.

Following the incidents, Mr Murphy ordered the protesters be removed from the court. The groups were subsequently denied access to later proceedings.

The groups have hit out at the stance taken by Mr Murphy and the gardaí and are in the process of making an official complaint.

After being told by gardaí that they were being kept from proceedings at the order of the court, members of the groups went to Castlebar Garda Station in a bid to make an official complaint against Mr Murphy and two garda sergeants.

While senior gardaí were not available to meet the group yesterday, arrangements were made for statements to be taken at a later date.

Gerry O'Boyle of Land League West, which is currently liaising with 63 families, hit out at the treatment of protesters.

"The banks are not dealing with people at all and they have no where else to turn. We are their only hope and now they are trying to keep us from the courts. It is unconstitutional and unlawful to keep us from entering a public court," he added.

Stephen Manning from Integrity Ireland said he would pursue the case to highlight the treatment of protesters. Some 110 cases were before the courts with five repossessions granted.

Irish Independent

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