A judge has directed that three siblings be arrested by Gardai and brought before the High Court over their alleged failure to comply with an order to vacate their Co Roscommon home.

 

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds made the order directing the attachment of Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann arising out of what KBC bank claims is their on-going refusal to leave their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

 

The farm was the scene of a controversial eviction and re-entry by the McGanns in December 2018.

 

The Irish Examiner reports that today, the Judge said she was satisfied to make the order directing the Gardai to arrest the McGanns, and bring them before the court to answer their alleged contempt.

 

The Judge added the McGann's were fully aware and advised of KBC's application that could see them being jailed for being in contempt of a court order that was made some months ago.

 

The Judge noted that last October KBC bank secured an injunction giving the family until noon on Tuesday, November 12 last to leave and cease trespassing on the property.

 

However, that order had not been obeyed.

 

Seeking the order Rossa Fanning SC for KBC said this was an unfortunate situation, but it appeared that the McGanns intended to defy and not comply with a court injunction previously granted by the High Court.

 

The application to have the McGanns brought before the court, counsel said had been brought with "enormous reluctance", but it had been left with no other alternative.

 

The McGanns were not present in court nor were they legally represented.

 

Lawyers who had previously acted for David and Geraldine McGann previously were allowed to cease representing them by the court.

 

Today documents, reportedly from the McGanns, were given to KBC's legal team and the court by a person Mr Fanning described as being "the eyes and ears" of the McGanns when the matter had been before the court.

 

Counsel said it was difficult to make sense of the McGann's intentions from the documents, other than that the McGanns were claiming that civil wrongs had been committed against them.

 

Ms Justice Reynolds adjourned the matter to a date in April.

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