I was pleased to be a part of a protest which stopped an eviction going ahead in County Laois yesterday, 20th February. a group of 30 to 40 people from the United Left Alliance, the Defend Our Homes League, Freedom from All Debt, and the Anti Eviction Task Force mounted a peaceful protest which persuaded the deputy sheriff and his merry men (two Gardai and a guy in a suit, no doubt representing Ulster bank) to give up and try again another day.
The house was being repossessed on behalf of Ulster Bank. the repossession order was granted not by a judge, but by the local court registar, who alos happens to be the county sheriff, who gets a fee for carrying out repossessions. there is a case coming before the High Court in April which is challenging the constitutionality of this antiquated and cosy arrangement. we should have a video of the protest up in the next day or so.