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  • A sister and one of her brothers evicted from a farmhouse outside Strokestown last week, prompting a violent retaliation by vigilantes against security guards at the home at the weekend, were back in possession of the property last night.

    According to today’s Irish Times,the eviction of farmer Anthony McGann, along with his sister and brother, from Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon, was ordered by the Circuit Court after a judgment was given against him.

    Mr McGann, who was forced to pay €430,000 to settle a Revenue tax debt in 2015 for under declaration of VAT, has had a number of judgments against him, including one for non-payment of a loan on a Land Rover.

    Confirming that one of the McGann brothers and their sister, Geraldine had returned, a family friend, Donal Hanley, told reporters gathered outside the house yesterday evening that they wanted to take their home back. The financial issues that led to the eviction are “a private matter”, he said.

    Earlier yesterday the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan had condemned the “violent actions of vigilantes, which led to injuries, animal deaths and very serious property damage”.

    And the director-general of the Law SocietyKen Murphy expressed concern, saying the situation was “hugely difficult and emotionally charged” but people could not take the law into their own hands.

    Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy, who lives in the district, appealed for calm yesterday, saying that he would offer himself as a mediator to see if anything could be done to ease tensions.

    Gardaí are now investigating the vigilante attack on Sunday, but also the events surrounding the eviction, following a complaint. The Minister for Justice has said the regulations covering private security firms will be reviewed.

    In a statement Charlie Flanagan said vigilantism cannot and will not be tolerated in the State.

    Minister Flanagan added that the full facts of this particular case are not in the public domain and it is deeply distressing to see a family lose their home.

    There is, he said, a legal anomaly whereby security guards on duty in a nightclub or elsewhere must be identifiable, whereas there is no similar obligation under the law for those involved in evictions. Officials are to report back to the Minister in January on the matter.

  • The family at the centre of an eviction controversy in Co.Roscommon earlier this week have called for a peaceful protest tomorrow.

    Local farming and public representatives are expected to speak at the protest which is due to begin at noon on Church St in Strokestown.

    The protest follows violent clashes earlier in the week on the farm the family was evicted from.

    8 security personnel were injured and a number of vehicles burnt out during the incident.

    Two members of the family have since moved back into their home.

    Tomorrow, protestors will gather to call for an end to forced evictions.  Local Sinn Fein MEP, Matt Carthy, says the family want it all to take place in a peaceful manner. 

  • The family at the centre of an eviction in Co Roscommon say they're disappointed with the Taoiseach's comments in the Dail over the matter.

    The McGanns believe Leo Varadkar's remarks aimed to deflect attention away from the eviction.

    Last week, the home of the McGann family near Strokestown was repossessed.

    In a statement last night issued through Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, the McGanns say they are shocked by the unforeseen events but overwhelmed by the levels of support they have received.

    In the Dail yesterday, there was a heated debate between the Taoiseach and Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty over a violent attack on security guards who had removed the family from the property.

    Deputy Doherty had said reforms were needed to laws to ensure security officials involved in evictions are identifiable.

    Leo Varadkar fired back and said "when it comes to Sinn Féin - the rule of law and public order - and condemning violence it does not take very long for your balaclava to slip".

    In their statement, the McGanns said the Taioseachs comments are a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from some of the very serious issues relating to their eviction.

    They appealed for privacy - adding they'll be making no further statements as the eviction is a legal matter.

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Garda Commissioner is being called on to clarify the role of Gardaí attending court-ordered evictions.

    Mid-ranking Gardaí in Roscommon are to ask Drew Harris to set out a clear policy on the matter when he attends the annual conference of the AGSI in Cavan later.

    It follows a widely reported eviction of a family from their home in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in December.

    General Secretary John Jacob says the process needs to clarified.

  • The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a "very sinister development".

    Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their property near Strokestown just over a week ago, following a court order.

    The eviction sparked an angry response following the involvement of a private security firm, understood to be from Northern Ireland.

    A group of over 20 men then stormed the house on Sunday morning, injuring 8 security men with at least 6 vehicles burnt out.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals can't be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

  • A 54 year old man arrested yesterday as part of an investigation in an incident at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon has this morning appeared in court.

    The man was detained  in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.

    A second arrest was made this morning following a search conducted in Co. Donegal. The man in his 50s was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the offences against the state Act, 1939. He is currently detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • A man in his 50s who was arrested yesterday in Longford, as part of ongoing investigations into incidents that took place at Falsk, Strokestown in December has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Co. Longford yesterday, a man was arrested and was detained at Castlerea Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

    He has now been released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the DPP.

  • A man in his late 30s was arrested yesterday evening in Co Meath as part of ongoing investigations into incidents at Falsk, Strokestown on Sunday 16th December 2018.

    He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Castlerea Garda Station.

    This is the 8th person to be arrested in connection with this investigation, two are currently before the courts.

    Eight security men were injured, a dog was killed and six vehicles were burnt out in the brawl at the property on the 16th December.

    The attack came after the eviction of a family from the house a number of days before.

    The investigation is ongoing according to Gardai.

  • More than a thousand people have taken part in a protest in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    The peaceful demonstration was organised in support of the local family recently evicted in controversial circumstances, from a family farm on the outskirts of the town.

    Those attending today carried banners and tri-colours, calling for an end to forced evictions.

    It follows violent clashes last week in the aftermath of the eviction.

    Two men were arrested and later released following last week's disturbances - and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

     

     

  • A man in his 50s arrested by Gardaí in connection with an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown on Sunday, December 16th is due to appear in court this evening.

    The man was arrested yesterday in Co Donegal, following a search and detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    The searches are being carried out following an attack at a farmhouse outside Strokestown last month, following the eviction of two brothers and a sister from their county Roscommon home on December 12th last.

    The man arrested yesterday is expected to appear before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court at 6pm this evening.

    A man arrested in Co Mayo on Thursday appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court yesterday morning, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on January 18th.