Sunday 18 February 2018

Karen Coleman: I feel for the turf-cutters but we need to get real on saving planet

Last week's dramatic scenes of angry turf-cutters pitted against gardai in Clonmoylan's protected bogs could have come straight from a John B Keane novel. There were echoes of 'The Field' about it all, with the rural men and women fighting for their right to work their land.

The fact that the distraught Michael Darcy, whose machines were being confiscated, ended up in hospital made it even more dramatic, not to mention the bizarre burning of one of his machines last Thursday morning.

As a farmer's daughter, I sympathise with the turf-cutters, who want to continue a tradition their families have carried out for generations. Having grown up on a farm in Co Cork, I can empathise with their battle to retain rights to work on land they've accessed for generations.

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