A Galway squat has recently been evicted. The property had been recently taken over by Bank of Scotland who are appointed KPMG as caretakers of the property.
KPMG audited the accounts of Anglo Irish Bank during the boom period. Now they make money as liquidators, taking over and selling the property of people who have gotten into bad debt……maybe because they took out a dodgy loan with Anglo? They made loads of money during the boom, and since the crash, they're there waiting like vultures to make even more money.
"This place was our home", said one of the people who'd just been evicted. "…and now it's going to join the thousands of derelict houses in galway, which keep the rent in the city artificially high"
The day saw two Gardai kicking down the door while several occupants were still inside. They along with a few security they began ejecting the occupants and their belongings out onto the street. The sheriff turned up briefly but would not answer any questions knowing well that they had no eviction order issued by a court, therefore making the eviction unlawful.
Many people showed up in solidarity, they gathered around the front of the house to show their objection to the unlawful eviction. They played music, basked in the sunshine and chatted to people who were curious to see what was happening.
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