Tuesday 20 February 2018

Repossession of family home is just the beginning of the nightmare for many

Mortgage arrears, negative equity and accumulating charges are taking their toll, says Maeve Sheehan

IN the High Court last November, a young couple crushed into crowded seats in the teeming court room, waiting for their names to be called from the long list of repossession and bankruptcy cases. They glanced up and smiled as Bernard Durkan, their local Fine Gael TD from Kildare, pushed open the court room door and squeezed himself into the back of the room. The couple's names were called. They got to their feet and strained through the mass of bodies to make themselves visible to the judge.

The judge asked if they had a solicitor.

"We can't afford to pay for a solicitor," the couple replied.

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