About the Anti-Eviction Taskforce
Recession or no recession, there is no moral reason why any individual or family should be threatened with eviction from their home. Yet it is happening with increasing frequency, not only in Ireland but in numerous countries across the world.
|Members of the Anti-Eviction Taskforce and Peoples Association Watchdog making their presence felt outside a high class auction of 'Distressed Properties'. The auction was set up by British company Allsop Space and held in the 5-star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on 30 November 2011
The reason given is almost always a monetary one. Someone has fallen behind on their mortgage payments or has hit rock bottom through no fault of their own. They have trouble putting food on the table or clothes on their children, yet they are harrassed, threatened and intimidated by lending institutions to find money or they will suffer the final indignity of the repossession of the place they call home. They will be removed, thrown out on the streets and left to fend for themselves. And this is all done with the blessing of the government, backed up with the presence of the Gardai who act as enforcers and justified as being completely legal.
You've heard the buzz phrase 'Moral Hazard' being bandied about. Isn't it strange that this phrase never applies to those who take part in trampling over a living being's basic human right to shelter. They are allowed to break into a property, cause criminal damage, assault anyone who objects and arrest anyone who opposes what they are doing. These actions are morally reprehensible yet the people involved claim they are acting legally. If this is the case why are evictions carried out using the most devious means and kept as hush hush as possible? Why do you never see an eviction covered on any news bulletin? If the media will not report what is going on then the people will do it for them.
The aim of the Anti-Eviction Taskforce is to set up a network in every county in Ireland ready to come to the aid of anyone in the locality who is threatened with or in the process of being evicted. We need to bring the injustice of forced eviction into the mainstream and prevent any more homes being seized by financial institutions. It needs to be given a human face and the consequences to those it affects need to be shown. All individuals involved with forced removal from a home should be filmed, identified and shamed by their actions. Receivers, locksmiths, The Sheriff, Gardaí and any security personnel should be photographed and filmed by as many people as possible. They do NOT like this stuff being shown to others.
Do not let them quietly brush it under the carpet.
Eviction is NOT acceptable in a supposedly civilised society.
To create and grow a nationwide community of ordinary people which will assist in preventing the eviction of people and families from their homes.
There but for the Grace of God go I
You may not yet find yourself in a position where you have the banks threatening you daily, or have worries over if you will still have a roof over your head next year. You may still be able to pay your bills and put food on the table, so right now, there is no immediate danger to your home. Therefore you may have no sympathy for those less fortunate than you.
No one who is facing eviction today would have thought THEY would ever find themselves in this situation yet it's now a very real possibility.
Ask yourself this question:
How many pay cuts or job losses would it take before you start to struggle? Can you confidently say that in 12 months you will still have your head above water? When you begin creeping into arrears will your attitude start to change?
Glossary of Terms:
|What You Hear||What It Means|
|Having to choose to feed the kids or feed the banks|
|Government Initiatives||The Keane Report|
|Percentages of Households in Arrears||Families facing poverty and potential eviction|
|People unable to afford to continue paying banks|
|Distressed Properties||Homes lying empty due to the eviction of the previous owners|
|Some people will just HAVE to lose their homes||The government don't give a shite about you or your family|