Farmer under threat of eviction needs support

I’m writing to with deep concerns for Seamus Sherlock, who remains under threat of eviction from his home despite prolonged attempts by his solicitor to deal with the Bank of Scotland fairly.

Mr Sherlock has barricaded the entrance to his home and is manning this barricade 24/7 with the help of family and neighbours. They have shown extraordinary resilience for 100-plus days and nights already. They have no idea when this will end as the bank’s standard response is “we are looking into our options”.

Mr Sherlock only finds himself in this predicament because he had to shut down his turf-cutting business in 2006 due to EU regulations.

I urge you to highlight the profound injustice of this situation and the remarkable bravery of this father of five.

Mr Sherlock is well aware that those coming to evict him will not take no for an answer. He is worried that he and those resisting this eviction will be aggressed if they attempt to use reasonable force to protect his home. He is also concerned about false reports of the event which could ensue.

I strongly believe we need to highlight Mr Sherlock’s plight. He richly deserves our support. He runs a very busy, non profit organisation Life after Debt (offering free advice to those in financial crisis) as well as looking after rescued animals. In 2010, he couldn’t let injustice prevail for others and managed to forced the ESB to stop cutting supply to people in financial difficulty who were at least trying to pay their bill, by chaining himself to the railings of ESB Headquarters.

Triona Ryan
Robert’s Cove
Co Cork

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