A judge has directed that three siblings be arrested by Gardai and brought before the High Court over their alleged failure to comply with an order to vacate their Co Roscommon home.
Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds made the order directing the attachment of Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann arising out of what KBC bank claims is their on-going refusal to leave their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.
The farm was the scene of a controversial eviction and re-entry by the McGanns in December 2018.
On Tuesday the Judge said she was satisfied to make the order directing the Gardai to arrest the McGanns, and bring them before the court to answer their alleged contempt.
The Judge added the McGann’s were fully aware and advised of KBC’s application that could see them being jailed for being in contempt of a court order that was made some months ago.
The Judge noted that last October KBC bank secured an injunction giving the family until noon on Tuesday, November 12th last to leave and cease trespassing on the property.
However that order had not been obeyed.
Seeking the order Rossa Fanning SC for KBC said this was an unfortunate situation, but it appeared that the McGanns intended to defy and not comply with a court injunction previously granted by the High Court.
The application to have the McGanns brought before the court, counsel said had been brought with “enormous reluctance”, but it had been left with no other alternative.
The McGanns were not present in court nor were they legally represented.
KBC sought the injunction after it obtained an order allowing it to execute the possession order over the property. The McGanns had opposed the application.
The case centres around events in December 2018 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 Michael Anthony McGann.
He fell into arrears on repayments and owed the bank some €431,000. KBC obtained a possession order in respect of the property in 2012, which was not appealed.
The last repayment on the loan KBC claims was made by the borrower in February 2014.