Man the barricades: Limerick father vows to fight eviction

A LIMERICK anti-debt campaigner who has barricaded himself into his home after he was threatened with eviction has vowed to carry on his fight indefinitely.

A LIMERICK anti-debt campaigner who has barricaded himself into his home after he was threatened with eviction has vowed to carry on his fight indefinitely.

Father-of-five Seamus Sherlock has transformed his property in the rural village of Feohanagh into a small fortress this week, after he was served with an eviction notice by Bank of Scotland in a row over an unpaid loan.

Dozens of friends, family members and anti-eviction campaigners from across the country – many of whom had never met Mr Sherlock before – flocked to the property this week after word of his defiant stand spread.

Speaking at his farm this week, Mr Sherlock told the Limerick Leader that he was stunned by the level of support he has received from the four corners of Ireland, and beyond.

“I would like to thank the people of Ireland, really. It’s the most overwhelming show of support I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I’m humbled by it. I feel sorry that I’m putting people through this expense. But a lot of people from West Limerick have come over and said ‘you’re not quitting, and that’s it’.”

The extraordinary turn of events began last Thursday, when Mr Sherlock received a letter from the County Registrar’s office informing him that a notice of eviction was to be executed on his property.

On Thursday afternoon, with the help of his neighbours, Mr Sherlock blocked the main gate on to his property with 40 bales of silage, and barricaded himself and his family inside.

Within hours dozens of supporters began descending on the farm, pitching tents in Mr Sherlock’s fields and digging in for the long haul. Banners and placards were erected on the main road and gates into Mr Sherlock’s property, while portacabins were erected by each gate and a roster of volunteers to man their posts around-the-clock was drawn up.

A statement from Royal Bank of Scotland said that the bank does not comment on cases involving individual customers.

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