The Co Roscommon family whose farm was the centre of a controversial eviction last year have been given a month to vacate their home.
Mr Justice Senan Allen in the High Court ruled that KBC bank was entitled to an injunction compelling siblings Michael Anthony, David, and Geraldine McGann to vacate their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown, in Co Roscommon, pending the final outcome of the dispute.
The Judge said he was satisfied from the evidence that the defendants had no entitlement to be on the property.
main on the property.
The application centred around events last December when the McGann family were evicted from the farm on foot of a repossession order KBC obtained in respect of the property several years ago.
The eviction gained national media attention after private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men.
Gardai subsequently launched an investigation after the security personnel were attacked, several of whom required medical treatment, several vehicles were burnt, and a dog had to be put down due to injuries it sustained.
The McGanns, who were not involved in those incidents, subsequently returned to the property and have remained there since.
The property was the subject of a loan agreement between KBC and the farm’s registered owner Mr Michael Anthony McGann.
Mr McGann fell into arrears on repayments and owed the bank some €431,000.
Counsel said KBC obtained a possession order in respect of the property in 2012, which was not appealed.
The last repayment on the loan to KBC was made by the borrower in February 2014, it was claimed.