Family’s application for caravan loan approved, court hears

John and Tammy Stokes and their three young children live in prefab on halting site

The court heard that last February, the council told the Stokes “systems are not in place” and it was not processing loan applications on the advice of the authority’s head of finance. File photograph: Collins Courts

The court heard that last February, the council told the Stokes “systems are not in place” and it was not processing loan applications on the advice of the authority’s head of finance. File photograph: Collins Courts

 

A family who brought a legal challenge after being refused a loan to buy a caravan have had their loan application approved, the High Court heard.

Last week, John and Tammy Stokes were given permission by the court to challenge South Dublin County Council’s decision over their loan application.

The Stokes have three children aged between three months and four years and are living in a prefab in a bay on a halting site in Clondalkin, Dublin, the court heard.

They sought to avail of a Government-supported scheme providing loans to Travellers to buy new caravans.

However, last February, the council told them “systems are not in place” and it was not processing loan applications on the advice of the authority’s head of finance.

On Tuesday, Alan Brady, for the Stokes, told Mr Justice Seamus Noonan there was “good news” in that the council had approved the loan. However, it is not clear yet whether the amount of the loan will meet the cost of the caravan the Stokes wish to buy.

Counsel sought an adjournment for a week in order to take further instructions in the matter.

Lorcan Gógan, law agent for the council, said that given his client was in a position to make payment, he did not think there should be such a short adjournment. He asked the case be put back for five weeks.

The judge said the Stokes side should proceed at this stage on the basis that the case was going ahead until such time as there was an agreement between the parties. He adjourned the case to next month.