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VIDEO: Couple evicted from Killiney home after Anglo repossession order

“I want to convey what a horrific experience it is,” says Asta Kelly, after she and her husband are evicted from their home.


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Updated, 21:59

THE VIDEO ABOVE shows Brendan (71) and Asta (63) Kelly this afternoon, outside their home in Killiney as bailiffs entered and repossessed their home.

RTÉ’s Six One news reported the couple were evicted today on foot of a court order issued in 2010, after falling into arrears on a mortgage worth some €2 million with Anglo Irish Bank.

Asta Kelly told Spin 103.8 that the bank’s bailiffs had “brought in heavy machinery” to break the locks on their home.

“I want to convey what a horrific experience it is when people break into your house,” she said. “Irish people really deserve better than these daily evictions that are happening right throughout the country.”

Kelly claimed that the bank had declined to renegotiate the terms of their loans, but in a statement the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation said it had not taken the decision to repossess the home lightly.

Brendan Kelly told RTÉ that he and his wife owned other properties but that these were being occupied by tenants and that the couple therefore had nowhere to live.

Current Irish tenancy law, however, does allow landlords to seek amendments to a tenant’s lease if the property is needed for their own habitation, though only in circumstances where the tenant does not have a fixed-term lease on the accommodation.

Listen: Asta Kelly talks to Spin 103.8

More: Laois homeowner who stopped the sheriff left ‘demoralised’ after eviction

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