How bad is the situation in Ireland? Pretty bad.

Ghost Housing Estate Ireland

Ghost Housing Estate Ireland

In this RTE Radio 1 interview with Michelle Burke of Killaloue, County Clare in Ireland Michelle talks about a housing estate with 30 homes, 3 fully paid for that is now a ghost estate.

Michelle and her husband own a home in the estate, as do two other couples. The other 27 houses were never sold. Michelle and her husband have paid their mortgage for the last seven years, and never spent one night in their home.

In order to visit their home they must present the local police with legal papers showing that they own the house and then hear from the security  people on site that they are trespassing.

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The couple bought the house in 2006 and spent 264,000 Euro on the transaction, and they are still paying.

The entire housing estate went into receivership and was sold for 300,000 Euro. There are 30 houses on the site, and Michelle and her husband spent 264,000 on their home in 2006, and still haven’t lived in their home.

Everyone else from Clare County Council, the developer, KPMG, and Allied Irish Banks have all been paid, but the three couples who own homes on this site still haven’t enjoyed the first night in their homes.

One caller, Arthur, says that the entire country is in meltdown. I have to agree. Here we are as a diaspora of Irish all over the globe being invited back to The Gathering because we are going to have so much craic, and people like Michelle are trying to avoid bankruptcy by paying a mortgage on a house that they can’t live in.

Things are right bad in Ireland. The estate was sold with the view of getting a bargain in mind, not with the interests of the three house owners in mind.

“They’d take the last bit of blood from us,” Michelle says, “And would we win against the banks? I don’t think so.”


5 thoughts on “How bad is the situation in Ireland? Pretty bad.

  1. I don’t think the Irish ever expected their own people to treat them this way, not the every day man and woman, but property developers, bankers and politicians.

    Last week our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny went to console the people of Breezy Point NJ to “Keep your spirits up” after they were hard hit by hurricane Sandy. That was nice of him wasn’t it? I wonder if the Irish in Ireland got the same wonderful advice?

    • Yes, I would hope the Irish in Ireland were treated the same way. Here is the irony. All those years of British mistreatment and now mistreatment has not changed. The mistreatment has just taken new insidious forms and it is being done by Irish people to Irish people. Is it human nature for us to unite against the outsider, but once the outside threat is gone, certain elements of the society with power harm the powerless.

  2. The Irish government did this to its own people Mike, not the people of the country. And to be very honest, our own government here in the US would be quick to do the same.

    The property boom and crisis in Florida is a replica of what happened in Ireland. The only difference is Ireland is a small country that owes money to Germany and France, more powerful nations within the EU. There are many other EU countries just a hair’s breadth away from a similar situation, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy: give it time and time will tell.

    As for the Irish rejoining the British Empire, it will never happen. They don’t want us. The natives of other British dominions followed them home. They don’t need nor can they afford more mouths to feed. And there’s many Irish who would rather let their stomachs reach their spines before they’d return to English rule. It will never happen.

  3. Pingback: Update via Irish Times on the Couple locked out of their house on a ghost housing estate | Breise! Breise! Extra! Extra!

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