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Saturday 2 August 2014

Thousands of protesters gather outside Leinster House

Anger at proposed pylons and wind farms

Emma Jane Hade

Published 15/04/2014|12:55

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6 year old David Leigh from Co.Kildare   who took part  in the   Windfarms,Pylons and Substations protest march to Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 15/4/14
6 year old David Leigh from Co.Kildare who took part in the Windfarms,Pylons and Substations protest march to Leinster House. Pic Tom Burke 15/4/14
The  Windfarms,Pylons and Substations protest march arriving at Leinster Houseyesterday.Pic Tom Burke 15/4/14
The Windfarms,Pylons and Substations protest march arriving at Leinster House. Photo Tom Burke 15/4/14
14 weeks old Darragh McCarthy from Faugheen,Carrick-on-Suir,Co.Tipperary   takes a 'nap'  at  the   Windfarms,Pylons and Substations protest march to Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 15/4/14
14 weeks old Darragh McCarthy from Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary takes a nap at the march. Photo: Tom Burke

SEVERAL thousand angry protesters have gathered outside Leinster House in opposition to the proposed pylons and wind farms.

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The protest began at 11am, and thousands from all over the country marched from Parnell Square, and are now beginning to gather on Molesworth Street. 

The crowds have gathered ahead of May's local elections.

Five speakers are expected to address the crowd throughout the afternoon. 

Amongst the protestors outside Leinster House this afternoon was Catherine Sheridan from Raharney, Co Westmeath.

The mother-of-five said she was there to show support to her extended family, who are going to be living on the perimeter of a proposed wind farm site.

“I have five children ranging from 3-years-old up to 19.  This is all for them now, they have to grow up in a nice area,” she told Independent.ie.

“The health concerns are a big one for us.  It’s an eyesore as well, and the noise.”

She said she was thrilled to be amongst the several thousand people outside Leinster House, and that they were all “absolutely delighted with the great turnout”.

“We need to protect our children, and bring them up in a nice area,” she added.

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