Strokestown eviction won’t be heard before the High Court before the end of term

KBC bank’s application for a High Court injunction requiring the family at the centre of the Co Roscommon eviction controversy to leave their home won’t be heard before the end of the current legal term.

KBC is seeking an order requiring siblings Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann to vacate their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.


The case was briefly mentioned before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Thursday when counsel for KBC Keith Rooney Bl asked the judge for a possible hearing date later this month.

Counsel said that the matter, which is being opposed, could take half a day to hear.

David Browne Bl, instructed by solicitor Donnacha Anhold for David and Geraldine McGann, said it would take longer to hear,and said his clients wanted to have an action brought by David McGann heard at the same time.

David McGann has brought related, proceedings against several parties including KBC. He also seeks to challenge the validity of the execution of the possession order obtained by KBC that was granted by the Roscommon County Registrar.

He also seeks orders, including one preventing any party from taking possession of, or interfering with, the property.

Ms Justice Reynolds citing the difficulties in getting a judge to hear cases at this time of year adjourned the matter, which she said would have to be heard next term.

The Judge also gave Mr Browne permission to seek to have the two cases consolidated and heard at the same time.

Michael Anthony McGann wasn’t present in court and no representations were made to the court on his behalf.

The McGann family were evicted from the farm last December on foot of a repossession order KBC obtained in respect of the property some years ago.

The eviction, gained national media attention after private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men.
The McGanns, who were not involved in those incidents, subsequently returned to the property.