Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice to seek an immediate explanation from the Irish Prison Service as to how a jailed mother of two young girls was left further distraught by being transported to the Four Courts in place of a male prisoner with the same surname. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Yvonne Walsh, who is now completing her second week in prison following her refusal to allow a vulture fund to repossess her family home, was brought to the Court, only to be swiftly hurried back into the prison van when the mistake was noticed:
“What this courageous lady and her family have been put through in the last number of weeks is absolutely appalling.
It demonstrates yet again that the power of the courts and the might of the law are being weaponised by foreign vulture funds who could not care less about the human impact of their actions.
For this latest cruel farce to be imposed on Yvonne Walsh, op top of the emotional trauma of being physically separated from her young family is disgraceful.
I am calling on the Minister to immediately investigate this matter and for an apology to be issued to the Walsh family,” concluded Deputy McGrath.