Friday 18 October 2019

Injunction sought by KBC Bank against family at centre of eviction row

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Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

KBC Bank is seeking an injunction against the family at the centre of the Co Roscommon eviction controversy.

Members of the McGann family returned to live at their home after security guards stationed there following its repossession were attacked by a group of men last December.

The bank is now seeking an injunction against Anthony McGann, his siblings David and Geraldine, and "persons unknown occupying premises at Falsk, Strokestown, Co Roscommon".

The precise injunctive relief being sought has yet to be disclosed, but it is likely the move is part of efforts by the bank to reassert its right to the property. KBC made no comment in response to a query from the Irish Independent.

The McGanns were removed from the farm on December 11 last year after KBC secured a possession order from the High Court over a substantial debt owed by Anthony McGann.

A video of the eviction posted online showed distressing scenes as the occupants were wrestled by security men. Five days later, a large group of masked men descended on the property with baseball bats and attacked the security guards, three of whom ended up being hospitalised.

Several vehicles were set on fire and a dog had to be put down after sustaining injuries.

A number of arrests have been made by gardaí investigating the matter.

There is no suggestion the McGanns were involved in any way in the attack and the family has said it condemns all forms of violence and wants to see the rule of law upheld.

The fresh High Court proceedings were initiated on Tuesday. Court records indicate KBC plans to move a motion in court in July. An affidavit in support of the motion has been filed by KBC, but it has yet to be opened in court.

Irish Independent

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