A group which brought a host of home repossession cases to a standstill last month has vowed to escalate its protest - after the number of people it assists rose four-fold within a month.
Land League West group - which interrupted the registrars court in Mayo last month - have said they plan to hold an even larger protest later this month. "We will be stopping the court again and we will have more numbers than before," said Gerry O'Boyle. He said they had seen a surge in the numbers contacting them seeking help. While they were liaising with 60 families last month, this has risen dramatically - to over 280 in April.
The group now plan to open a drop-in centre in Castlebar and are training 20 support workers to assist families.
"We are getting a huge number of calls and emails. It's so high we can't deal with the numbers. There has been a massive increase in the past month, we believe the banks are accelerating the cases," he said. "We have volunteers and we're training them to help people with paperwork. It's a massive problem for people on the ground," he said.
The group hopes to launch a nationwide campaign to target repossessions "county by county". "We are starting with Mayo, because Land League West started there. We want to make it an eviction-free county, then we will take it right around the country, hoping to get every county to follow suit," he said.
To help fund the campaign the group are now set to sell wristbands.