Protest halts ESB for jailed woman
Vigorous protests by neighbours and friends of the jailed Offaly landowner Teresa Treacy have halted the felling of trees on her holding.
Contractors working for ESB and Eirgrid entered the lands last Tuesday but stopped cutting trees after protesters got access to the work area.
Ms Treacy was jailed three weeks ago after refusing to comply with court orders allowing ESB and Eirgrid to follow through with their plans to run a power line through her lands at Clonmore, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
The dispute centres on a joint venture by ESB and Eirgrid to develop a new 110kV line from Clonbullogue to Thornsberry with a view to upgrading the electricity supply to the rapidly expanding town of Tullamore and surrounding areas.
The overall development involves the construction of pylons across 90 different holdings and the felling of a 61m wide path through plantations and natural forests along the route.
While the IFA originally negotiated a compensation deal for farmers affected by the development, Ms Treacy and some landowners in Clonmore were not satisfied with the agreement.
Despite being entitled to €150,000 under the terms of the IFA package, Miss Treacy offered to forego all compensation if the line were put underground, a process that would necessitate cutting a narrower 12m path through her land.