EAST FERRY RESIDENTS IN “SYMBOLIC” PROTEST OVER DAIRYGOLD’S HARBOUR DISCHARGE PLANS

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The people of East Ferry’s aversion to having industrial effluent -treated or otherwise- discharged into their harbour brought them onto the crossroads on the Whitegate road for an early morning protest recently, writes Christy Parker.

About two dozen locals were parading with placards by 8 am in a two-hour demonstration that drew a cacophony of horn-blowing support from passing motorists.

It was the second such demonstration at the spot within a month. There was a “symbolic” undercurrent to the event according to protest co-ordinator Debby Hayes, as it marked “the commencement of the final stretch of 14 km of pipe-laying” from Mogeely to Rathcoursey.

Not that they were cheesed off with the pipe-laying company Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd. Rather their ire was directed at the engineers’ recruiting company Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd. As is well recorded, a joint venture between the Irish dairy company and Norwegian dairy subsidiary TINE Ireland Ltd. will see a €120m factory at Mogeely produce Jarlsberg cheese for export. The plant is expected to provide 67 jobs, along with 200 during construction.

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