TD’s concerns on reposessions

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County Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath and five others are occupying the Friends First Finance headquarters in Dublin over the manner in which some repossessions are being carried out.

Deputy McGrath and farmers representatives met with representatives of Friends First Finance to discuss whether the code of conduct relating to reposessions is being followed in the wake of an attempt to repossess farm machinery from a Co Wexford family.

Speaking to Tipperary Mid West Radio from the Dublin offices today Deputy McGrath said he has received reports of repossessions out of business hours and in ways that do not adhere to the prescribed code of conduct.  He is demanding that when carrying out repossessions, agents for financial institutions must do so in regular hours showing proof of identification and carrying court orders.

He has spoken of reports of agents using threatening behaviour. Today's two-hour meeting ended unsuccessfully he said, and the South Tipperary TD and five others have said they will remain in the building untill they recieve a letter of comfort for the family.