Workers destroy Baronstown at 4am
Wednesday July 04, 2007 18:46
Under cover of moonlight
The SIAC/Ferrovial construction company,
Eurolink, resorted to underhand tactics in the early hours of Wednesday
morning July 4th when they arrived at Baronstown, reportedly, at 4am
with machines to destroy the monument there. This may very well have
been a National Monument along with the extraordinary graveyard at
Baronstown in April 2007
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one of the closest sites to the Lismullin National Monument, the recently
discovered henge, and this move shows the frustration of the company with
the protesters who had prevented any destruction in the Valley for weeks
The tone of the workers has changed as well, today one man was
assaulted – something that has not happened since the very beginning of
the protest. The protesters were told by an engineer that the move on
Baronstown was a “hush-hush” operation and only those workers who were
involved were told that it would happen.
They were also told that a
bulldozer that was being moved from the site fell off the lowloader on the
N3 and if it had been moving in the opposite direction it would have
fallen on the oncoming traffic. Some weeks ago, the machine that was moved
into Baronstown broke down immediately.
At another site in Ardsallagh
(on the road beside Tara na Rí pub) there is a planning permission sign
erected by Ferrovial.
In another sinister move, the protesters are
being filmed by a TV size camera mounted on a truck and each worker now
has a digital camera documenting every move.
The locals around Trevet
are also complaining about the work that is being carried out at night in
the area and about the fact that their drinking water is being affected by
the work in this area. They are organising a public meeting in Swans pub
on Monday 9th July to discuss these problems.
There seems to be a
general frustration with the protesters and one man was assaulted by a
worker for the first time in weeks. They appear to be lashing out at
people in a new way.
Trevet, where the drainage system was found some
weeks ago, is now a small lake and despite their attempts to drain the
area it is completely waterlogged for two weeks and it is impossible to
work there. One protester had to been pulled out of the mud – she was up
to her knees in the muck.
But it must also be said that although the
site is destroyed – no construction has taken place in the Valley.
protesters cannot be there 24/7 and they need as much support as you
people can give.
A closer view April 2007