Galway Bay fm newsroom – Turf cutting is continuing illegally this teatime at a protected bog in Monivea despite a strong Garda presence, including several senior members of the force
Approximately 100 turf cutters moved onto the bog five miles outside Athenry with their 12 machines at dawn and Gardai began to arrive in numbers shortly afterwards
Meanwhile, gardaí have now left a bog at Kilteevan, Co Roscommon where they were denied access to turf cutting on protected sites this morning.
A spokesperson said gardaí had gathered information and their investigation would continue.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Galway Bay fm news that Gardai are at the scene in Monivea
He added there have been no incidents or arrests at Monivea bog
Dermot Moran of the Barroughter, Kilmoylan, Ardraigue Bog Action Group is supporting the turf cutters in Monivea
He told me a short time ago that already over 60 banks have been cut and the estimate is that up to 74 will be done by nightfall, well up on the 52 last year
Mr Moran says the turfcutters have no intention of stopping
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