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Need for dialogue with turfcutters

22 June, 2012

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has welcomed the ending of a 24 hour stand-off in Clonmoylan in Galway, and called for further dialogue to resolve the dispute.

“I am relieved that the stand off has come to a conclusion, and would like to commend those who brokered the resolution, including Sinn Féin councillor Dermot Connolly. This was a potentially dangerous situation, and I am pleased that it has been averted.”

“Sinn Féin believe that people have a right to cut turf for domestic use. Those involved in the dispute are ordinary hard-working people protecting their livelihoods, and should not be criminalised.”

“We need to ensure that this situation does not arise again. Dialogue is needed between Gardaí, department officials, and the local Turf Cutters.”

“Ultimately however, the government needs a policy change. “

“The dáil motion on turfcutting and the TCCA response were solution based, comprehensive and workable. Proper application of co-location, relocation and compensatory policies could allow for more conserved bogs, and would allow for those who need to cut turf for domestic fuel.”

“The Government needs to engage with the TCCA and with local turfcutting organisations, find a workable compromise, and avoid situations such as these arising again”


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