A landlord, seen in a controversial video nailing a man to a wall with an iron bar in one of his properties, intends to run as an independent candidate in the 2024 local elections.
Evin Burke, who lives in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, told the Irish Independent: “I feel if I am elected as a Council Member and hopefully continue as TD I would make a difference.”
A video of Mr Burke yelling at a man over a broken door on property he owns in Roscrea recently went viral.
“You’re fucking paying me for the door, you know,” he can be heard yelling in the video, before putting a pole to the man’s throat.
Mr Burke alleges the man he approached did not live there and he called the property after his tenant texted him to say he was concerned for his safety after someone died broke the door of the house.
“Some people see the video and still think I was a vulgar landlord bullying tenants for money, but they don’t know the background,” he said.
“I want to be clear for the record that this was a show that I played. I pretended to be outraged and did so in the video to scare anyone in there not to fight or attack me as I didn’t know what was in store for me. We were basically there. The door was forced open and the situation came to an amicable resolution.”
Gardai were later called to the property and a spokesman confirmed they were continuing to investigate the matter.
“No further updates are available at this time,” the spokesperson added.
Despite the controversy, Mr Burke announced his intention to run in the local elections in the Midland Tribune.
He told the newspaper some of the issues he hopes to raise if elected to Tipperary County Council include accountability in An Garda Siochana, the housing crisis and the scourge of drugs in rural Ireland.
“I come from agriculture and trade. I used to run a pub and would have a good general knowledge,” he said.
“No one is held accountable in An Garda Siochana. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against gardaí, I have a family who are guards and we need a good force for the country, but there needs to be more accountability and transparency.”
Mr Burke said he owns a “moderate” number of properties in Tipperary, Laois and Offaly and believes more needs to be done to tackle the problem of derelict properties.
He also said more needs to be done to motivate landlords, claiming that “many are probably owed a fair fraction of the money”.
“To be honest the majority of customers would be a little behind on the rent of some shape or form. You have to take that. It’s never a problem. Everyone must live.
“If something comes up and someone can’t pay this week and they can pay you next week or do their best, that’s all you can ask for. I would imagine most landlords in the country would be owed a fair fraction of the money just for life in general. Most of the people I have, many of them, couldn’t afford a down payment and I wouldn’t bother.
“If you look at Mountrath in Laois, it’s like a ghost town, almost every second plot of land is derelict. There are hundreds on the housing list… in Mountrath it is a direct route, you could commute there from Dublin, but there is one derelict building after another.”
He told the Midland Tribune he would ask the government to give owners of vacant buildings a grant to help them refurbish rented buildings.
“To encourage property owners to get involved in the scheme, I would suggest that the government introduce a neglect tax in the order of €800 a year in urban areas. This system would only apply to urban areas where the infrastructure is in place to meet the demand,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/roscrea-landlord-who-was-filmed-pinning-a-man-to-a-wall-reveals-plans-to-contest-local-elections-as-an-independent-candidate-41643672.html The Roscrea landlord, who was filmed nailing a man to a wall, reveals plans to run as an independent candidate in local elections