Land stand-off pits farmers against bank
GARDAI intervened in a stand-off between farmers and representatives from a bank as attempts were made to repossess land.
Around 20 farmers gathered at the property, in the Templetown area of Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford, at noon.
They were there in support of the landowner, Peter O'Loughlin. In particular, they voiced their objection to the entrance to the land being locked with a chain.
The farmers argued that the laneway beyond the gate was a right of way and that therefore the bank "has no right to block it".
It is believed that the issue relates to around 120 acres adjacent to one side of the laneway. The land on the other side, which belongs to the same landowner, is not believed to be in dispute.
The protesters said they would remain on site to prevent "any attempt to lock" the entrance to the site. At one point, a minor scuffle arose as the landowner reopened the gate after it had been closed by the bank representatives.
However, gardai defused the situation.