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From: "SchNEWS"
To: "SchNEWS Subscribers"
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 17:38:16 +0000
Subject: SchNEWS 150, 16 January 1998

Eire - Glen of the Downs (Co Wicklow)

At 8 in the morning on Wednesday clearance work began on 3,000 broadleaf trees at the first Irish road protest camp at Glen of the Downs, near Bray, Co Wicklow. With only 8 protesters on site, Gardai [Old Bill] and security men stood guard over chainsaw gangs who began cutting at both ends of the Down working towards the middle. As the phone tree went into action people began mobilising across Ireland and a 30,000 signature petition seeking an injunction was taken to the High Court that afternoon.

The 100 mile, 18 million pound road expansion scheme from Rosslare Port to Dublin is 85% funded with EU money. It is intended to be part of the Super Highway being constructed across Europe, designed to enable multi-nationals to transport consumer crap faster in increasingly larger lorries unhindered by commuter traffic.(See European Round Table of Industrialists on front page). By Thursday the Protesters had secured a court decision preventing further felling until a Judicial Review is heard next week.

The Camp appeals for everyone who can to come down and slow down the cutters. Be self sufficient, bring bolt cutters, rope, and other useful items.

Take a DART to Bray and a bus or taxi from there, or the Wicklow bus from Busaras.
Tree 64, Glen O' the Downs, Kilmacano
Mobile: 00 353 1 88 210 7471

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