Thursday 14 December 2017

Tree protest unearthed root of our ills

WHILST recently watching 'Tunnel Vision' -- a very good Irish documentary on the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve tree protest -- it dawned on me that we are now 10 years on from the end of that campaign.

How fascinating it is to look back on the "hippies", "wasters" and "blow-ins" (as they were called by some back then) who spent the late '90s living in the trees at the nature reserve in Co Wicklow, and doing what 'eco warriors' do to protect the planet from council chainsaws.

Wicklow County Council needed to widen the N11 for the sake of ... progress? But these pesky hippies from all over the place ("a lot of them aren't even Irish you know!") were wasting taxpayers' money by not doing the "right thing" and vacating a protected nature reserve so that part of it could be destroyed in order to widen a road. In other words, they wasted our money by delaying an even bigger waste of our money.

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