Thursday 23 November 2017

'Pumping people into homelessness' is the fault of the State and Central Bank - not county registrars

Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan
Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

The Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, takes no prisoners in motions before him concerning defendants in mortgage arrears - any advocate acting on behalf of the bank must be able to exhibit every email, letter and phone-call to the defendant. There is zero tolerance for financial institutions in his court.

This week, Mr Honohan has publicly decried, in print and on radio, county registrars in the Circuit Court for their approach to home repossession orders. In a newspaper interview, rather than use the neutral 'their' when referring to county registrars, he referred to 'her' and 'she', eliminating the Limerick, Kerry and Waterford county registrars. Coincidentally, the Circuit Courts in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford and Galway employ female county registrars.

Although, in Limerick Courthouse last May, the county registrar, Pat Wallace, was jeered out of the court room while gardaí attempted to stall a dramatic protest, as the Anti-Eviction Taskforce took over the judge's seat and jury box. It was a day when 169 repossessions were listed.

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