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 Haughton Place residents protesting in the Tholsel on Friday

Haughton Place residents protesting in the Tholsel on Friday

Haughton Place residents protesting in the Tholsel on Friday

HAUGHTON PLACE residents have occupied the council chambers and are prepared to stay there throughout Christmas unless New Ross Town Council releases reports about electromagnetic frequency radiation allegedly coming from a house in their estate.

Several of the residents arrived at The Tholsel for a meeting with Town Clerk Anthony Bailey on Thursday and after having been told that the council wouldn't be releasing the two specialist reports until they were investigated further, they decided to occupy the council chambers.

Having met with Mr Bailey they came upon the owners of Pronetip, a broadband company with an address at Haughton Place, who were speaking to town council Cathaoirleach Niamh FitzGibbon and they decided to occupy the council chamber following discussions with Cllr John Dwyer.

Bringing sleeping bags, blankets and supplies they were given a key to the council chamber and were there when this newspaper visited them yesterday (Friday).

Cllr Dwyer said: 'It's accepted by everybody that antennae were installed at Haughton Place and when the council approached the business owner they took them down in September.'

He said residents have expressed their concerns to the council for several months and want to see the reports. 'We don't have one scrap of paper. I've asked for copies of a report that was completed one month ago and another report that the council received on Monday and the town clerk refused to give them to us or to even read them to us.'

Cllr Dwyer said the council has 'speeded up' the investigation and county council scientists are endeavouring to complete their investigations as quickly as possible.

'We will stay here until we get the reports into our hands. It's not ideal with Christmas coming but we are determined. We've had a lot of support from people,' he added.

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