An expert group established by the Government to find ways to speed up property repossessions is unlikely to recommend major changes.

The group has reviewed the effectiveness of current repossession arrangements following a commitment to the Troika and will hold its final meeting this week.

It looked at possible ways of reducing the amount of administration involved in repossession cases. 

However, given that it cannot interfere with the independence of the judiciary it seems now that any changes will be minor.
 
Another Troika proposal to get judges who deal with insolvency cases to handle repossessions has also been rejected.

This comes after a group representing indebted people, New Beginning, claimed the banks are seeking more and more repossessions.

The latest official figures from the Courts Service show that 87 residential repossession orders were granted by the Circuit Court between April and June this year.

It is estimated that more than 500 actions have started at the Circuit Court in the past three months, with the majority taken by Ulster Bank.