Judge laments role in kicking hundreds out of their homes
A Circuit Court judge, who is facing the prospect of hundreds of repossession cases, said he is being put in a position where he has to make orders that will make people homeless.
Judge Gerald Keys made his remarks during a hearing where Bank of Ireland was "effectively trying to evict a mother and her five children on to the street" because receivers for three financially distressed investors wanted to sell the property to a vulture fund.
The woman was present in Limerick Circuit Court as her solicitor tried to block the move by the bank. Counsel for Bank of Ireland Clare O'Driscoll said the original repossession case was almost six years old.
Ms O'Driscoll said the rent of €675 a month had not been paid for a year and the bank had an obligation to enforce the order.
Adjourning the matter to April 25, Judge Keys said the court "was going to be confronted by hundreds of these case this year".