Monday 19 February 2018

Former TD among 126 repossession cases before court

Gary O’Flynn arriving at court and (inset) his father, former Fianna Fáil TD, Noel O’Flynn
Gary O’Flynn arriving at court and (inset) his father, former Fianna Fáil TD, Noel O’Flynn

Kathryn Hayes

MEMBERS of a well-known Cork political family were among the 126 repossession cases heard before the Limerick County Registrar's Court yesterday.

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O'Flynn and his sons Gary and Kenneth O'Flynn have a total mortgage debt of almost €117,000 on a buy-to-let property in Limerick, the court heard.

Deputy O'Flynn was a TD for the Cork North Central constituency from 1997 until 2011.

His son Gary O'Flynn, a former Cork City Councillor, was jailed last month for three years for soliciting someone to kill a garda, a Revenue official and an accountant.

His brother Cllr Kenneth O'Flynn was co-opted onto Cork City Council in December 2008, and is the deputy Lord Mayor of Cork.

The total debt on the O'Flynn's Permanent TSB mortgage is €97,284, while the arrears are €19,680, Limerick County Registrar's Court heard.

A solicitor representing the lender told the court the initiation of proceedings had been halted because the bank had difficulty serving notice on the parties. She also claimed that "various games were being played" by the borrowers.

Solicitor Conn Barry told the court the defendants were from a "well-known family in Cork".

He said the reason there was difficulty in notifying one party was because he was in prison.

Mr Barry, who was acting as agent for a Cork solicitors firm, said it was the first time the case had come before the court.

County Registrar Pat Wallace was told the last repayment on the property was in July 2013.

No member of the O'Flynn family was in court and the case was adjourned by consent until July 3.

A total of 11 homes were repossessed at the court sitting.

Many of the orders were on primary residences.

Among the orders granted was one against a mother who told the court that she could not meet the full amount of her monthly payments after separating from her husband.

She said that she was only able to afford half the mortgage and furthermore that she had just returned to health from a three-month illness.

The Lithuanian mother-of-one said that she could not claim from her home insurance to repair dampness and mould that was causing her sickness because the insurance company required her ex-husband's signature on documents.

In excess of €191,000 was owing on the mortgage with over €60,000 in payments in arrears.

Mr Wallace granted the repossession order but put a stay on the bank executing it for 12 months and told the young mother that "no one will throw you out in the street yet, there will be some more time after that but given your predicament, this might not be a bad outcome."

Irish Independent

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