On Wednesday last, 23rd April, the Land League was requested to provide assistance to a farmer outside Roscommon town, who is in danger of losing his farm. Although the matter is currently before the courts and no decision has yet been made, a neighbouring farmer has created further complications by submitting an offer on the farm to the auctioneer acting on behalf of the creditors, Wise Finance Company, owned by Ronald Weisz from Co. Leitrim.
But, of more concern to all involved, and the Land League, is the fact that the same neighbour has also submitted a sworn affadavit to the courts to show to the court that he has made such an offer, in what would appear to be an exercise to undermine, and make more difficult his neighbour's effort to retain his ownershp of his farm.
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Safly, we have experienced similar underhand activity in Co. Tipperary on another farm by a neighbour and I have no doubt that the Land League will learn of similar actions by neighbours in other areas. We must realise that not all greedy activity and purchases of land and homes are conducted by people from outside our shores, sadly we should realise that a lot of this is also done by fellow Irish people and in many cases by our own neighbour.
The Land League is endeavouring to bring the Roscommon issue to a satisfactory conclusion for both neighbours and at this time negotiations are still ongoing, I would hope that agreement will be reached where no further action will be needed.
It was encouraging to see the large turn-out by people from the local area and others who travelled from places such as Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Offaly and even as far as Tipperary for an event which was organised at short notice. While we may complain of the actions of some neighbours our experience so far has been that most people are decent and honourable and willing to help and assist their fellow man, sadly it is just a few that make the exception.
The original Land League was formed in the 1800s to highlight and fight the fact that farmers acted similarly against their neighbours at that time in order to secure their neighbours' holdings. Sadly, this is not something new in Irish society, unfortunately nothing appears to have changed in 150 years and we are seeing history repeating itself again when it comes to the greed and the desire of one farmer to unjustly possess the property of another.
It was because of the actions of small number of greedy farmers that 'boycotting' became popular in the 1800s and it would be dreadful to think that we could see a return to such activity in these times when most farmers and their families are merely trying to survive. Let us hope it does not come to this.