Almost 1,500 people attend Strokestown anti-eviction rally


Approximately 1,500 people attended a public demonstration in Strokestown on Sunday, December 23rd in order to protest against the recent repossession of a home in the Falsk area.

  The public rally passed off without incident with a number of Gardaí in attendance as a number of public representatives addressed the crowd.

  Most of the speakers, which included several members of Sinn Féin as well as Roscommon TD Michael Fitzmaurice and local councillors,  were well received, but Fianna Fáil TD and Strokestown native, Eugene Murphy was booed and heckled throughout his speech and prevented from continuing.

  Those in attendance were protesting over the recent repossession of the McGann family home by KBC Bank. Family members returned to live in the home after a group of men attacked security men and burnt out six vehicles at the property days after the eviction. There is no suggestion that the McGann family were involved in the incident.

  There were people from across the west of Ireland present at the Strokestown protest on December 23rd, with Sinn Féin particularly prominent.