Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Answers from the Garda Commissioner are being sought in relation to the incidents that occurred at Falsk near Strokestown, last December during which three members of a family were evicted from their home.

Sinn Féin general election candidate Claire Kerrane claimed this week that the events that led to the eviction of the local family, two brothers and a sister, from their home by private security personnel, weren’t been adequately dealt with, as far as she was concerned, as part of the overall Garda investigation.

Efforts were made to repossess a house at Falsk on December 11th followed five days later, on December 16th, by violent scenes, during which eight men were injured, vehicles were set alight, and a security dog was killed.

“What happened that day [of the eviction] has been widely circulated on social media. People have been really shocked at the footage of those events. We have seen up to seven arrests in respect of the following violent incidents, but not a word in respect of the eviction,” said Ms Kerrane.

“Last week, I wrote to the Garda Commissioner to seek clarity on two matters. I am seeking to establish if there is a live Garda investigation into the violence during the eviction on December 11th as evidenced by video footage. I am also looking for clarity as to the role and responsibility of Gardaí at the scene of evictions.

“I have received a reply from the private secretary to the Garda Commissioner who has passed my correspondence on to the assistant commissioner in the Western Region in Renmore in Galway, whom I am told is responsible for operational policing in County Roscommon.

“I haven’t got clarification on the matters I have raised. If I don’t receive a reply, I will be following up the matter,” Ms. Kerrane remarked.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed “as this is an ongoing investigation with people currently before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further” confirming a seventh person was arrested arising from events on Sunday, December 16th and was released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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