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Increased incidences of assaults on Tara protestors unacceptable - McDonald

14 February, 2008


Responding to the decision by Tara Watch to lodge an official complaint with the Minister for Justice Mr. Brian Lenihan due to the campaign’s experience of increased incidences of assaults on its activists by construction workers Sinn Féin MEP has described the assaults as serious and of grave concern.

 

The Dublin MEP said:

 

“It is of grave concern to me that Tara Watch have had to lodge an official complaint with the Minister for Justice following the intensification of assaults on its activists by construction workers. It has been noted by the campaign that the increase in violence has come directly after the filing of a High Court Action last week against the demolition LismullinNational Monument.

 

“It is the right of every person in this state to protest and at the same time to have their civil and human rights protected. Assaults on protestors by gardaí, construction workers on the site or the company’s subcontractors cannot be tolerated.

 

“I have today written to the Minister and also the Garda Commissioner to outline my concern and demand that the matter be given their immediate attention.” CRÍOCH

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