Anger in Limerick court as banks move on homes

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Limerick Circuit Court
A WOMAN who is faced with the prospect of losing her home was escorted by gardai from a Limerick courtroom when angry scenes broke out during the latest property repossessions hearing.

A WOMAN who is faced with the prospect of losing her home was escorted by gardai from a Limerick courtroom when angry scenes broke out during the latest property repossessions hearing.

Up to eight individuals seated in various parts of the courtroom in Limerick Circuit Court last Friday+ began shouting at the county registrar Pat Wallace before gardai moved in and ordered the woman, and another two men seated in the public gallery, to leave.

The incident unfolded while the woman was explaining to the county registrar that her case should be struck out, because, she said, he did not have jurisdiction to rule on it.

“Shame on you!” and “This is an absolute kangaroo court!” were two of the statements shouted at the county registrar by various people seated in the public gallery during the heated incident.

The proceedings were brought by EBS Building Society against the woman in question.

“I say the plaintiff and the court both have no standing as the court has no jurisdiction,” said the woman before going on to quote from the Justice Murphy ruling in relation to jurisdiction in cases where dwellings were neither rated nor rateable.

“I would like the case to be struck out,” she said.

The county registrar said he would not be striking out the case. Mr Wallace told that woman he was transferring the case to the judges’ list.

The woman pointed out that if her case was not struck out it would be “a breach of my human rights”.

Mr Wallace said he did not have jurisdiction to deal with the matter.

“You have not got the jurisdiction,” added the woman, at which point a number of men and women started shouting “You have not got the jurisdiction. You just said it yourself.”

“Go on [woman’s name] you tell ‘em. Go on, you tell ‘em,” shouted out one woman in support of the woman giving evidence.

“This is an absolute kangaroo court,” shouted another man who was approached by gardai to leave. Another man was escorted by gardai to a side door.

“I’ll go this way, where the peasants come in and where the people are coming in crying,” the protestor told the gardai before exiting via the main entrance.

When the next case had commenced the woman continued to tell the country registrar “you do not have jurisdiction.”

“Remove this lady from court, please,” requested the county registrar before she was escorted by gardai from the courtroom.

A total of 176 repossession cases were listed in the Circuit Court on Friday with the vast majority of the cases being adjourned to allow the parties time to get their financial affairs in order.