Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed comments by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny which explicitly acknowledged the reality of serious misconduct on the part of some receivers appointed to recoup assets from family homes and farms. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Dáil Order of Business yesterday where he challenged the Taoiseach to bring forward clear and definitive measures to protect families in debt from intimidating and aggressive behaviour by receivers:
“I acknowledge that at long last the Taoiseach is waking up to the fact that there are families and business owners out there who are living in terror due to the behaviour of some receivers.
When a receiver arrives at your farm at 3am with un-muzzled Alsatian dogs, trespasses other properties to access yours and fails to produce a court order when asked, that is nothing less than the most despicable and unprofessional conduct that must be immediately stamped out.
The particular case which occurred last Tuesday has been brought by me to the attention of the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner.
The fact that the Taoiseach clearly stated that this is extraordinary behaviour which needs to be challenged with amending legislation is a huge victory for those of us who have being trying to highlight this scandalous behaviour for some time now.
If the Taoiseach or the Minister for Justice do not act on this in the immediate future I will certainly be bringing forward a Private Members Bill to give families in debt the kind of protection they need from the thuggish and unprofessional behaviour of some receivers,” concluded Deputy McGrath.