Friday 20 September 2019

Independents 'occupy' KBC branch as TD McGrath admits he has 'great concerns' over farmer's eviction

Action: John Martin protesting inside KBC Bank on Baggot Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
Action: John Martin protesting inside KBC Bank on Baggot Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is seeking a meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and KBC Bank chief executive Wim Verbraeken.

The Tipperary deputy says he has "great concerns" as to how gardaí perform their duties while at evictions, and how banks engage with people in debt.

He made a series of comments during what he desribed as an "occupation" of a KBC branch in Dublin's city centre alongside Offaly Independent TD Carol Nolan.

He said the action was necessary as he wanted a meeting with Mr Verbraeken.

Mr McGrath said emotions have been stirred up by the eviction of farmer Anthony McGann and his two siblings.

"I'm appealing for calm. There are people infuriated," he said. He added he did not condone the non-payment of debt, and "supports the gardaí 100pc".

"I said I'm not in favour of people not paying debts. But I want restructuring where possible. We don't want what happened. Land and evictions in Ireland is too emotive."

Mr McGrath and Ms Nolan were in the branch until late last night, but Mr McGrath indicated they had no plans to stay there overnight.

Emotive issue: TD Mattie McGrath makes his protest at the KBC branch in Baggot Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Emotive issue: TD Mattie McGrath makes his protest at the KBC branch in Baggot Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

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