AN 87-year-old woman has checked out of hospital to take on the developers of a five-star holiday resort, claiming she has been cut off from her land.
Patricia Coyle and hundreds of residents of the sleepy coastal village of Carrigart, Co Donegal, have been marching every weekend to a security barrier blocking access to what they claim is an ancient right of way.
Donegal County Council gave the go-ahead for the 180-acre beach resort and golf course, set in some of the country's most spectacular countryside.
A previous bid to develop the area into a golf resort by Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was refused planning permission on environmental grounds.
T&G Properties Limited, however, has been given planning permission and has erected two gates preventing access to local people. They insist this is for health and safety reasons.
However, Donegal County Council has confirmed it is investigating alleged breaches of its planning permission and has given the company, based in Celbridge in Co Kildare, until Saturday to formally respond to those allegations.
"The route to the beach is the old county road before it was replaced elsewhere many years ago, and we have continued to use it. My 33 acres are on the far side so I can no longer get to it," said Mrs Coyle.
A spokesman for the developers said: "The promoters have at no time denied access to local people and have no intention of privatising the beach which in fact forms an integral part of the project and following completion of the construction all facilities including the beach will be open to the public."