Eviction is built into the Irish psyche as a dirty word that conjures up images of Brit landlords turfing out poor tenants back in the 19th century; BANKS AND VULTURE FUNDS MUST LEARN FROM RECENT FIASCO.
CHRISTMAS is supposed to be the season of goodwill - it's certainly not an occasion for hurling people out of their homes.
You were never going to need the benefit of hindsight to foresee that executing an eviction order at this time of the year was ill-advised.
Regardless of circumstances, it was always going to impact negatively on any bank or vulture fund.
But it's safe to say KBC has done irreparable damage to its own reputation by the sickening manner in which the three McGann siblings were forcibly removed from their home near Strokestown, Co Roscommon.
Eviction is inherently built into the Irish psyche as a dirty word.
It conjures up images of British landlords in the 19th century turfing poor Irish tenants out of their homes and being left to rot in the slums.
To add fuel to the fire, it was sheer lunacy to hire a company from the North to evict them - as it merely reinforces such imagery.
I don't condone vigilantism, but I'm not surprised violence flared up and the so-called security guards were run off the property.
It was equally unacceptable to see force used to eject the McGanns too.
Serious questions need to be asked about how these men from a so-called security firm were hired to carry out such a task in the first place.
There is a question mark here about whether or not they were hired directly by the bank or the Sheriff? With evictions, the order is normally given to the Sheriff to personally execute it.
Yet all the blame appears to be falling on the bank's shoulders, but I feel the Sheriff could be culpable here too.
I am dumbfounded that carrying out evictions is not deemed as security work per se and therefore registered security guards are not required by law to carry it out.
It's my understanding these men broke rules by not displaying compulsory IDs on their persons, which is apparently required under regulations.
Even bouncers on the door of a nightclub will have their ID displayed on a strap on their arm.
So how is it tolerated that they can drag people out of their home without wearing similar identification? Clearly, there needs to be a tightening up of the laws to prevent such underhand tactics being used in the future - but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Was this eviction an effort of an opening salvo from the banks and vulture funds to warn there would be mi much more of the same in 2019? b I doubt it - but only because it appeared to be so very badly organised and conducted in an extremely inappropriate fashion.
It spectacularly backfired and all it has done is galvanise support for McGann - even if there are genuine questions to be answered about how the debt arose before this crisis.
I wouldn't be surprised if it transpired that whoever is looking after PR for KBC also happened to be advising the likes of Trump or Putin.
Look at the end result - the McGanns are now back squatting in their own home and KBC now appear like a more sinister version of Scrooge.
David Hall is someone who needs no introduction. He is the brains behind iCare and set up the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation.
Speaking to me last night, he said: "KBC's behaviour in executing an order so close to Christmas was despicable.
"Secondly, by them or the Sheriff involving these men from the North was ill-advised and badly judged and highly disrespectful to everyone concerned.
"And the gardai standing by during the eviction and watching the goingson was unacceptable as well."
He added: "This can go a few different ways. It can actually get uglier and also - against the odds - there's possibly a chance of some form of resolution formally with KCB."
It galled me to see Leo Varadkar stand up in the Dail the other day and say "only 400 homes" have been repossessed in the last year.
He clearly put emphasises on the world "only" - as if to boast it was an insignificant number. It felt like he was ignoring the fact that it was a very distressing experience for all those families involved in those evictions.
But those 400 are "only" the tip of the iceberg - which our Taoiseach conveniently omitted in his flimflam the other day.
Worryingly, according to the Central Bank, over half of the cases now progressing to long-term arrears are classified as involving potential loss of ownership outcomes.
This is approximately 15,000 to 16,000 houses - that's 60,000 people who potentially face being evicted in 2019.
Mr Hall points out: "That's what is ahead - that's the problem.
"Those who advocate repossessions don't actually understand the full financial cost to the State and to them as taxpayers - because it's actually the least cost effective way to handle this."
It's galling to think how many of these banks now looking to evict our citizens were actually bailed out by our Government - who got all the money in the first place from Irish taxpayers.
Vulture funds have managed so far to create profits everywhere they've gone - from the USA to Eastern Europe.
They might find rural Ireland to be a different kettle of fish judging from the Roscommon incident. It essentially said this - people might roll over easily
enough in Dublin and hand back the keys of their homes to the banks, but rural Ireland is going to put up a fight. Hopefully the banks and vulture funds will have learnt some valuable hard lessons from this fiasco.
Everybody has been looking for somebody to blame this week - and there are indeed many to point the finger of guilt at.
But yet no one seems to have mentioned former finance minister Michael Noonan.
He also deserves to be in the firing line for his part in allowing vulture funds into Ireland in the first place.
Those who advocate full repossessions don't actually understand the full cost DAVID HALL yesterday
shocking Bank hired security firm from the North
FLIMFLAM Leo Varadkar
aftermath Blaze started by vigilantes