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BREAKING: Gardaí arrest Strokestown siblings evicted in 2018, immediately transferred to High Court

Gardaí in Roscommon have confirmed to Gript.ie that two men and a woman were arrested today “on foot of a High Court order” and “are to appear before the High Court at The Four Courts, Dublin at 4.30pm today.”

“The three individuals were detained at Castlerea Garda Station and remain in Garda custody,” according to the Garda Press Office, which is thought to relate to a high-profile eviction from their Strokestown home in 2018.

The three individuals are separately reported to be Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann, siblings who were evicted from their house in Strokestown two years ago.

The family are not thought to have vacated the house since, which is likely the cause of today’s arrests.

KBC Bank were successful in March this year in securing a High Court order that all three siblings be arrested and brought before the court for their alleged failure to vacate the home located at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

The December 2018 eviction was widely criticised when footage emerged of the brothers being dragged out of the property by a private security firm as Gardaí attended the scene.

The security firm’s jeeps were later burned out at night by a gang who attacked the men with clubs as they occupied the property.

The same firm that repossessed the house was last week ordered to pay fines totalling €3,000 for being unlicensed to carry out the eviction.

The Armagh company was found guilty at Castlerea District Court of six breaches of the Private Security Services Act.

Judge Deirdre Gearty fined the company €500 on each of six counts with costs of €7,500 awarded against the company.

Today’s arrests reportedly took place at a Garda checkpoint and at the home in question.

 

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