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The Land League is reborn and will work with you to save your home or business from the banks. If you are in debt, if the bank is threatening to take you to court, you are not alone. Over 100,000 families are facing the same harassment. Alone you are weak, with the Land League you are strong. We ask that before you decide to hand over the keys of your home or business, before you agree to personal insolvency and before the banks initiate court proceedings, contact the Land League. We will provide you with free advice and assistance and will be with you every step of the way. You can contact the Louth Land League on the number below. All calls are strictly confidential and are treated with understanding and kindness. Together we are strong. The Louth Land League – 0894740811 (The Louth Land League is an associate branch of the National Land League)
  1. a PEOPLE pOWER 
    On the 16th of May people from across Ireland will travel to the Capital to join the first march and rally against evictions and for fair mortgages for everyone. It's been almost seven years since the banking "crash" and there has never been a march or rally in Dublin city highlighting the impact of the calamity on home owners and families around Ireland. March for Our Homes will be a milestone in the growing campaign against evictions and for fair mortgages for everyone.
    Assembling at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm on Saturday the 16th of May, demonstrators will walk to the Central Bank where prominent anti-eviction activists from around Ireland will facilitate a general assembly focussing on progress, tactics and strategies from around the country and how to synchronise our good work, transforming it into long-term goal achievement.
    March for Our homes is supported by The National Land League of Ireland, the Hub-Ireland, Anti-Eviction Taskforce, Direct Democracy Ireland, The National Citizen's Movement, the Irish Democratic Party and Integrity Ireland. The movement against evictions and for fair mortgages for everyone has been quietly building under the radar over the last five to six years. Part of the reason for the covert character of the movement is the very emotional nature of the problem  for home owners with most involved activists and volunteers busy providing assistance quietly and respectfully on matters that are very sensitive. A disinterested media has also contributed to the fact that throughout the parishes and towns of Ireland a genuine grassroots movement has grown with little or no attention from or reliance on National and International publications or broadcast stations and channels.
    True also is the fact that the movement has been overshadowed by the successful campaign against water charges. Nevertheless, combining the consistant efforts of all of the pro-active contributors across Ireland, much hard work has been done to establish centres for assisting home owners in nearly every county and there is little doubt that at local and regional levels the movement for an end to eviction and for fair mortgages is well and truly grounded and solid. It's time to take it to the next level.
    The March for Our homes on May 16th is an opportunity to come together for the first time in the capital city, peacefully and publicly, to demonstrate our demands. It is an opportunity not to be missed. This first march/rally is not expected to attract thousands but it is hoped that all of those who have been contributing much of their time and thought to the campaign and those who have been helped will join the march and will encourage others to do the same. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday May 16th.
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    Above: The Hill of Uisneach, Co Westemeath, the centre of Ancient Ireland


    The Westmeath Branch of the National Land League has been very busy and successful in their campaign against evictions within their localities. Not only are the drop in centres in both Mullingar and North Westmeath (Castlepollard and Fore areas) functioning above expectations, but a new small area/parish branch has been formed on theWestmeath-Cavan borders. All of this is uplifting news, particularly when adjoined to recent positive branch developments in Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon, as well as the fortification of our branches along the Eastern Coast and crossing the border into Down and Armagh.


    Below is a debriefing of the latest Westmeath branch meeting in Mullingar which as usual was well attended. Surname's have been hidden for the protection of volunteers...


    "We had a very productive meeting again last evening, the main achievement being, we are getting the Westmeath Examiner and Topic Newspapers to print an open letter to the TDs and Councillors.  I have included, further down this email, a copy of same for your information.
    Our leaflets continue to be distributed and three of our group will be out this Saturday in Mullingar distributing further leaflets in advance of the next court sitting on May 11th.
    March for our Homes on 16th May.  We will be bringing photos of our homes to pin on the railings of the Central Bank.
    We will also be bringing some black tull/lace or something similar to tie to the railings to represent the lives lost by suicide as a consequence of the Bankers behaviour.  We have also been thinking of "pinning" some black tull to the doors of the Banks as we walk from Garden of Rememberence to the Central Bank.  They are quite fond of pinning things to our doors so I thought it would be a nice idea to reciprocate the gesture!! What do you think?  Maybe all people on the march could do something similar for maximum effect.
    Skills within the Group:  One of our new members, James has been researching Estopple and is pursuing same in his situation so we will ask him to give us a little presentation on what he has learned and how he is using it in his situation.  I know this topic is vast but if its introduced to the group, it sows the seed as a potential option for others who wish to investigate further.
    Sandra has made arrangements to go through some of our groups files to seek out breaches of the CCMA, I know this will help take the enormity and overwhelm out of these cases so that will be a help free up peoples energy.
    Dermot keeps us updated in matters as they unfold and it generates debate and interest in the group.  As we were meeting, the news of the Governers of the Central Banks resignation came in and we were delighted to see another sign that we are winning the war, little by little!
    Tara has developed a leaflet for display on notice boards in public areas where you can tear off the phone no.  Copy attached above also.
    The wording of the invitation to local politicians to attend and support home owners at the next sitting of Westmeath Registrar's Court is as follows...
    "The Westmeath Branch of the National Land League offers an open invitation to the following local public representatives:
    Willie Penrose, 
    James Bannon, 
    Gabrielle McFadden,
    Robert Troy, 
    AND Councillors
    Cllr. Paddy Hill
    Cllr. Frankie Keena Cllr. Aidan Davitt
    Cllr. Paddy Hill
    Deputy Mayor Cllr. John Shaw
    Cllr. Peter Burke
    Cllr. Frank McDermott
    Cllr. Michael Dollard
    Cllr. Una D'Arcy
    Cllr. Paul Daly
    Mayor Cllr. Ken Glynn
    Cllr. Avril Whitney
    Cllr. Johnny Penrose
    Cllr. Sorca Clarke
    Cllr. Andrew Duncan
    to attend the Circuit Court in Mullingar on Monday 11th May next from 10.30am to witness what their constituants are experiencing at the hands of the Bankers aided by local Solicitors who are seeking eviction orders of families from their family homes.
    The absence or attendance of said TDs and Councillors will be noted.
    Queries to Westmeath Land League mobile No. 089 2469827".
    Kind regards,"
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    Press Statement
    Re: Silent Vigil at Home of Ray Butler
    National Land League
    The following statement is issued by the National Land League of Ireland on behalf of our Co. Meath Branch and is our response to media criticism of a recent silent, peaceful vigil at the Home of Ray Butler Fine Gael TD, a position obtained through electoral deception. It is noteworthy that none of the media outlets carrying the story have consulted us with regards to our position. 
    Our position is as follows. At a meeting of the Co Meath branch of the National Land League of Ireland it was decided to organise a small, silent and peaceful vigil at the home of Ray Butler TD. Members agreed to this action in the context that Mr. Butler voted for and continues to stand over the looming repossession of over 100,000 homes in our Republic. There are 50,000 homes in the courts as we speak and another 50,000 plus that are considered irretrievable in terms of arrears. This is a crisis of biblical proportion with 100,000s facing eviction and homelessness.
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    The Westmeath branch of the National Land League of Ireland is to launch this coming Saturday the 7th of February in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar at 2.30pm. Westmeath is proving one of the hardest hit counties of the Midlands when it comes to homeowners in trouble with their mortgages and facing possible eviction. Demand for the services of the League are great as a result. Details of League centres in Westmeath will be announced on the day of the launch.


    The Westmeath branch already has active members and have saved a number of family homes from possession. The locally popular "Topic" newspaper covered the work of the Westmeath branch in the local courts with a front page spread last month.

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    Belfast City has played host to the first boycott actions carried out by the Armagh and Down branch of the National Land League of Ireland. The scene of events was in Wilson's Auction House last Thursday night where the home of one League member was up for sale without consent. Ten branch members braved the ice and snow to travel to Belfast with information fliers for would-be-buyers explaining why purchasing the particular lot would not be in their interests. Needless to say the home was not sold.


    The Armagh and Down branch of the League was established two months ago and they have had a number of planning meetings and are expected to announce their official launch and the opening of day centres within the next fortnight. The Armagh and Down branch are the first to establish north of the border and already it is looking like they are uniting communities which have historically been divided.

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