This morning, Wednesday 14th March, a large force of Gardai sealed off a country lane leading to the home of Mr Lee Wellstead and then, according to neighbours, forced entry by kicking down the front door. The repossession of the property and the eviction of Mr Wellstead and his young daughter were carried out on behalf of Ulster Bank, which is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Scotland, which was nationalised by the British government as part of the bail out of banks in Britain. In February the Defend Our Homes League mounted a protest at this property contesting the legality of the repossession order issued not by a judge but by the County Registrar. There is a legal question, to be contested in the High Court in April, as to whether a Sheriff, County Registrar or any court below the High Court can issue repossession orders for properties valued above €36,000. In the event the Deputy County Registrar did not serve the repossession order on Mr Wellstead on that occasion. In the mean time Ulster Bank had agreed to a meeting with ULA TDs Joan Collins and Clare Daly to discuss their policies in relation to mortgage arrears.
Speaking in the Dail today Joan Collins TD said “She was appalled and outraged by this eviction of Lee Wellstead and his daughter from their family home. Where have we come to as a nation when the Gardai act as eviction bailiffs for a British state owned bank? Have they forgotten our history as a people? “
Speaking in the same debate Clare Daly TD noted “in today’s papers that the banks are demanding, only two months after they were introduced, a change in the Central Banks code of conduct to allow them greater power to contact/harass home owners with arrears. All the cards are in the hands of the banks in this crisis, yet they see the limited protection for home owners in the code of conduct as an obstacle to them wringing every last cent they can out of distressed
The Defend Our Homes League has called a protest to take place this Friday at 10.30 am at the O’Connell Street branch of Ulster Bank.
*DALY CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF DECISION TO AXE YET ANOTHER PUBLIC SERVICE IN MALAHIDE
* SHOCK AS COMMUNITY WELFARE OFFICER SHUTS DOOR
Dublin North TD Clare Daly has reacted angrily to the decision of the Department of Social Protection to shut the doors of the Community Welfare Officers clinic in Malahide from Tuesday week, March 20th.
Deputy Daly has called on the Minister to pull back from the decision. She said, “Axing the community welfare officer service from Malahide, at a time when more people than ever need to avail of it, is a severe blow to families and individuals in the area and cannot be allowed to proceed. Forcing people to go to Kilbarrack to access a service that will only be open for an hour and a half, three mornings a week, is scandalous.”
She continued, “Following on from the decision to cut the Garda station opening hours and not proceeding with the Fry’s Model Railway project for the Casino, you’d begin to wonder whether the government has a vendetta against Malahide.”
“This is part of a wider problem of inadequate Social welfare services across north county Dublin. Forcing people who are unemployed to spend their limited resources on bus & train fares, or petrol going into the city centre or indeed Kilbarrack in this instance is just not on,” she said.
“Everyone remembers the election promises. It’s about time the government TDs started delivering for the area”.
* MINISTER RABBITTE REFUSES TO RESPOND TO DAMNING NEW HEALTH EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO EAST WEST INTERCONNECTOR
* DALY CALLS ON MINISTER TO ACT
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly had an angry exchange in the Dail today (07/03/2012) with Labour’s Minister Pat Rabbitte over the Minister’s refusal to intervene in relation to the fact that it has emerged that Eirgrid submitted seriously inaccurate information during the oral hearing into the East West Interconnector and the very serious potential health effects for residents, especially children.
Deputy Daly was questioning the Minister in relation to whether he was satisfied with the electro magnetic field information submitted by Eirgrid to An Bord Pleanala. She slammed his assertion that he had “no reason to believe that any relevant information in relation to EMF had been withheld or misrepresented”.
She said, “The Minister has every reason to believe that this happened. This information was brought to his attention, where Rush Community Council explained how Eirgrid had incorrectly stated during the planning process that the magnetic field would be static only. They now admit that the actual magnetic filed will have a time varying component, and that this knew this all along, but try to say that this information is insignificant.”
“This is absolutely not the case. The fact that one of the government’s own former advisor’s Professor Anthony Staines said, “It now appears that the evidence as to the induced magnetic field presented at the oral hearing was SERIOUSLY INACCURATE….. the potential adverse health effects of the cable system’s magnetic field have not been assessed..low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, “should be the decider in the government demanding an immediate inquiry and full re-examination of the planning process.”
“That minister Rabbitte dismisses these concerns is an affront to the community of Rush. It is now up to the Minister for Health, Dublin north’s Dr. Reilly to immediately take action,” Deputy Daly said. “Failure to act is akin to criminal neglect of residents in the area and particularly children. I really hope that residents get active again and demand that Eirgrid are called to account”