Friday 28 November 2014

Turf cutters ignore gardai and use 'protected bog'

Brian McDonald

Published 23/06/2014 | 02:30

Up to 70 local people with turf-cutting rights turned up from 5am yesterday at Monivea Bog about 30 kilometres from Galway city
Up to 70 local people with turf-cutting rights turned up from 5am yesterday at Monivea Bog about 30 kilometres from Galway city

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.

Irish Independent

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