The Roscommon family at the centre of a controversial eviction last December has been given a week to respond to injunction proceedings taken by KBC bank aimed at vacating their family home.
Lawyers for KBC told the High Court the proceedings were urgent and were about the integrity of the rule of law.
The case came to public attention last year after videos of the eviction were circulated. Four days later security guards at the property were attacked and vehicles were set on fire.
The McGanns since reoccupied the property. There is no suggestion they were involved in the attack.
At the High Court today, Senior Counsel Rossa Fanning said the borrower and registered owner of the property at Falsk was Michael Anthony McGann, who owed €461,000 plus arrears.
Possession proceedings began in 2009 and an order was made in 2012. There was "no pattern of repayments" by Mr McGann and the last payment was in February 2014,
Mr Fanning said, adding "the bank has not received a cent for five years".
The possession order was executed in December last and in the following days resulted "in a situation which attracted public notoriety", Mr Fanning said.
He said three security guards were hospitalised with serious injuries and a dog had to be euthanised. A number of vehicles were burnt out and a criminal investigation began.
He said KBC had been out of possession of the property ever since. It was currently occupied by Michael Anthony McGann and his brother David and sister Geraldine.
Michael Anthony McGann was not present or represented in court. David and Geraldine McGann were legally represented and the court was told separate proceedings have been issued challenging the lawfulness of the warrant for possession and the manner in which it was executed.
The bank had been asked to delay pursuing the matter until the criminal investigation was progressed to a certain point and tensions on the ground in Roscommon had eased, the court was told.
While the application for an injunction ordering the family to vacate the property was not approached with haste, it was regarded as urgent, Mr Fanning said, adding "this case is about the integrity of rule of law and the bank is entitled to the property".
Counsel for David and Geraldine McGann, Eanna Molloy, said the statement of claim in the related case was ready to go. He said the case related to the lawfulness and execution of the warrant last December.
Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds gave the respondents a week to file sworn statements in response to the bank's action and adjourned the case for two weeks.
She said she was satisfied that Michael Anthony McGann had been properly served with notice of today's hearing and if all three were living in the same property he could be made aware by his siblings of the court's orders and the next hearing date.