New repossession centre to open in Ballyhaunis next month

Centre to service Roscommon

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice and homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry will officially open a new centre in Ballyhaunis on Friday, December 4, to help people in danger of having their homes repossessed.

  The man behind the operation is Gerry O’Boyle, a candidate in the Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election in October 2014, who is the founding member of a group called Eviction Free County.

  Mr O’Boyle said that there was a “mortgage repossession avalanche on the way”, which people were not prepared for.

  “We are helping people to help themselves,” he said. “We will have a reception, a training room and we have a meeting room.

  “People who have come into mortgage arrears, we will school them and educate them on how to deal with court proceedings. We feel a problem shared is a problem halved.”

  The centre will serve Co. Roscommon, as well other areas.

  “This is for all of Ireland,” said Mr O’Boyle. “Ballyhaunis is central, only an hour away from Athlone, Galway, Ballinasloe and Westport.”

  Home repossession have increased markedly in Co. Roscommon this year.  

  In the first six months of 2015, a total of 39 possession orders were granted at Roscommon Circuit Court, 28 of which related to primary homes. In the same period last year, just five orders were granted.