THE West Limerick farmer who barricaded himself and his five children into their home almost three weeks ago after being served with an eviction over non-payment of his mortgage, has still not been able to come to any resolution with his bank.
Seamus Sherlock, from Feohanagh, (right) was served with the order on August 17, having made a number of offers to Bank of Scotland to try and repay his outstanding €250,000 debt. He and his five children have constructed a mini fortress at their home and have received overhwleming support from locals and strangers alike, some of whom are camping out at the farm in anticipation of the arrival of bailiffs.
This week, three weeks after constructing makeshift barricades from bales of silage to protect himself and family from eviction, Mr Sherlock said he has still not come to any agreement with the bank. He had offered to repay Bank of Scotland a 'five figure lump sum' annually in an effort to clear his debts.
"Last week the bank and my solicitor were in talks about my offer but I'm still waiting to hear if they will reconsider the position. It's three weeks this week that I've been here and it's not easy, but I'm not giving up," he said. "Like I've said over and over again, I want to pay my way and I'm not looking for a deal."
Mr Sherlock again paid tribute to the hundreds of Kerry supporters who have been in touch and have visited him on his farm, including south Kerry TD Tom Fleming, who he said was the only TD to visit since he took refuge in his home three weeks ago.