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Doherty condemns the decision to allow O2 mast in small rural village

1 September, 2003

Donegal Sinn Féin Chairperson, Pearse Doherty has strongly condemned the decision to allow the erection of a 15 meter high O2 mobile telephone mast in the small rural village of Tamur in south Donegal.

This decision is a reversal of Donegal County Council's refusal to grant planning permission to O2 on two previous occasions as to do so would breach its own County Development plan.

Mr. Doherty said:

"Question are justifiably now being asked as to why this county and indeed any county would spend as much time and recourses on the developing a county development plan if decisions upheld or refused on the basis of such a plan are only to be reversed by an Bord Pleanala who have no obligation to take on board the planning regulation that are contained in the county plan.

"This is clearly yet another example of local communities being removed from the decision making process on issues that affect their everyday lives.

"Is there little wonder that so much apathy exists within politics when the decisions taken by the democratically elected representatives of the people of Donegal are overturned by a Dublin oriented cabal who have neither knowledge nor interest in the welfare of citizens of Donegal.

"The residents of Tamur have my full support and the support of Sinn Féin in their efforts to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of this mast being placed so close to their homes. ENDS

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