Eviction of local couple ‘a disgrace’

by Alen McMahon
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Castleknock residents Martin and Violet Coyne have been evicted from their home. They
were evicted at 7.30am on the morning they were due to go to court. Bailiffs acting on behalf
of KMPG, a receiver for ACC Bank arrived at the house, without any prior notice, and forced their
way inside. The Coynes were then removed from the house without being able to change clothes or
gather any personal possessions. The couple were due to go before a Circuit Court judge to determine
whether or not they would be sent to prison on contempt of court charges after they failed to vacate
their home. Their case was adjourned in July, with the judge giving them time to access free legal aid.
However, the Coyne’s have been told by the Free Legal Aid Centre that they still have to be assessed
and are not yet approved. A Meath woman now living in Massachusetts in the USA, had offered her
bungalow in Kingscourt, Co Cavan to the couple, but this never materialised. They haven’t been
able to get any other place on rent allowance; and Fingal County Council cannot house them due
to the size of the waiting list, so the couple are now homeless after being evicted.
Deputy Ruth Coppinger (SP) who has been assisting the couple said: “This is a disgrace that a
couple of pensioners have bailiffs arrive on their doorstep, unannounced, at 7.30 on the morning
of their court case. This case highlights the extent of the housing crisis in Ireland 2014. Evictions
by banks and receivers should be outlawed and a housing emergency declared.
“There is still no tangible plan by Government to build the thousands of social and affordable
homes needed, despite [Minister for Social Protection] Joan Burton (Lab) saying it’s her top
priority.”
S p e a k i n g t o t h e Gazette, a spokesperson from the Department of Social Protection said
that in light of the court hearing it would be inappropriate to comment on an individual case.

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