Judge slams KBC Bank 'worst bank in Ireland' and recuses himself from hearing
At a civil case hearing in Bandon District Court last week between William Cahalane trading as Cahalane Service Station and KBC Bank Ireland PLC over a sum amounting to €1,500, Judge James McNulty slammed KBC as the bank that "can’t get enough" and said "They are the worst bank in Ireland when it comes to the tracker mortgage scandal and I am glad to say that I have had no dealing with them"
Judge McNulty recounted the horror of a father who took his own life after being hounded by the Bank to pay a mortgage on a home in the Priory Hall development , a development which was condemned by fire inspectors and evacuated by court order in 2011 as a fire safety hazard .
Shortly after the man's suicide , the Bank wrote to the his widow telling her she still owed them money
Judge McNulty recalled :"I remember the case of the man who committed suicide at Priory Hall in Dublin and KBC Bank sent a letter to his widow, just a few days after the tragic incident, telling her that she still owed them money . When the banks were called before the people of Ireland, they couldn’t even say how many tracker mortgages they had. Last year I wrote an article, which was published in a national newspaper, about the tracker scandal, where I was very critical of the banks, which include KBC" he said.
"Therefore I cannot hear this case and this is probably for the best"
Judge McNulty also said that he hoped members of the press would be present at the case when it comes before the courts again on Friday, April 12th, for mention only .
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