- 23 Nov 17
Nationally known as a combative champion of troubled mortgage holders, businessman David Hall also unexpectedly found himself as CEO of suicide charity Console last year, after the organisation was struck by major controversy. In a hugely revealing interview, he claims that banks have been responsible for up to 200 mortgage holders taking their own lives, says that vulture funds may spark protests on a par with water charges, and admits that he would like to be president. Plus his typically fortright thoughts on abortion, sex, and being the target of attempted blackmail during his 2014 by-election campaign.
Halfway through this in-depth interview, David Hall – the man hailed as the “home loan hero” by the media – is shaking his head and smiling. “Interviews are normally all about figures, banks, mortgages, charities or suicide – it’s not about marijuana, drink, riding, condoms, abortion, like with Hot Press. So, you couldn’t get a more opposing interview if you were to try,” he says. Now he’s laughing.
In fairness to him, David doesn’t balk at our unorthodox line of questioning. Reared in Blanchardstown, Hall has been involved in various community and charity campaigns since he was a teenager. He established the Make-A-Wish Foundation Ireland back in 1992, after he made a dying woman’s dream of meeting her idol, Jon Bon Jovi, come true. He then went on to help Ronan Keating set-up his cancer charity, the Marie Keating Foundation.
More recently, David has been in the spotlight with his crusade against the appalling behaviour of our financial institutions. At one point, he took the Irish government to court over the controversial promissory notes to bail out the banks.