Sinn Féin calls for prison release of Kerry anti-eviction campaigner

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has called for the immediate release of a Killarney man who was jailed for contempt of court in connection with a home repossession.
Mr McCarthy, who contested the local elections in Killarney five years ago, was jailed last week at Ennis Circuit Court.
Sinn Féin held a protest outside Bank of Ireland in Tralee today in support of Mr McCarthy, who’s an  anti-eviction campaigner.
Brian McCarthy has supported Tommy Collins of Dysart, Corrofin, Co Clare who’s refused to vacate a property which is the subject of a court repossession order granted to Bank of Ireland.
Deputy Martin Ferris says  Mr Collins is  a vulnerable person, who should have never been put through the ordeal of the justice system.
Last week, an order for contempt of court was issued to Tommy Collins after he failed to show up at Ennis Circuit Court. Brian McCarthy was also jailed for contempt of court. Mr McCarthy told the judge he had no jurisdiction to hear the case as he’d not produced his declaration and that the hearing was about protecting banks. He was told he’d be released when he purges his contempt.
Bank of Ireland alleges that Tommy Collins last made a payment, relating to his property, of €100 in 2008 and that the loans involved totalled €172,000.
Deputy Ferris has asked the prison authorities to meet with Mr McCarthy tomorrow.
He says unfortunate people like Tommy Collins have been thrown to the wolves by bankers and politicians while the taxpayer has been forced to bail out banks.