Turf cutters ignore gardai and use 'protected bog'
TURF-CUTTERS in the west ignored the presence of gardai at a 'protected' bog and spent the day cutting their traditional winter fuel.
Up to 70 people with turf-cutting rights turned up from 5am yesterday at Monivea Bog about 30km from Galway city.
The bog is one of a number of controversially designated Special Areas Of Conservation.
Gardai who arrived at the scene were informed that the area was 'private property'. They observed the turf-cutting from the roadway.
A group of supporters from the Clonmoylan-Barroughter Bog Action Group, led by Dermot Moran, arrived to lend support to the turf-cutters.
"There is no commercial bog-cutting taking place here. The turf is all for the local people and their families as has been the case for many years," said Mr Moran.