Monday 16 July 2018

Row over born-again Christian travellers in field

Tommy Doran with a message saying ‘Beware, this may be your final warning’ in the field where caravans have parked in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tommy Doran with a message saying ‘Beware, this may be your final warning’ in the field where caravans have parked in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryan Nugent

The part-owner of a field in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, has insisted he never gave permission to a group of born-again Christian travellers to take over the land.

The group - from France, Belgium, England and Ireland - say they are in Dublin on a mission to spread the word of the Lord. A French pastor, from Life and Light Missions, has travelled over for what will be a two-week retreat. They are understood to have agreed to vacate on July 1.

Around 50 caravans arrived at the site on Monday night and managed to get the gate into the field open.

Born-again Christian Tommy Doran insisted they have an agreement with an owner to use the field.

The land is understood to be divided between four owners. However, Michael Halligan, who owns an acre on the site said they got through his gate and were currently residing on his land.

A tent was set up in the field where the group say they will be preaching for the coming weeks.

Fingal County Council said it was "assessing the situation with a view to commencing enforcement action".

Irish Independent

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