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Monday, November 27, 2006

River Deel protests start up again

The ‘Deel or No Deel’ water source saga resurfaced today after contractors working on behalf of Limerick county council in Kildimo were met with fresh protests from local residents.

The project which has been stopped several times before and is designed to re-source the town’s water supply which is currently coming from the local Bleach Lough.The council wants the towns supply coming from the river Deel.

The residents of Palaskenry and Kildimo have objected since May saying that the river Deel is one of the most polluted rivers in Ireland.The County Council say that the treatment of the water supply from the River Deel is "on a par" with any other supply in the country and have in recent months brought protesters to the High court for obstructing the progress of the project.

Protesters (above) have always insisted they will go to jail for what they believe in.One resident confronted the contractors back in June and told them to leave saying,
Gather up your machines and go back to Cork because as far as were concerned,your coming down here, you see those women and children. If we all end up in jail, you’ll be part to blame for this.

Today’s protest is the first since mother of two Orla Kaiser escaped a jail sentence for obstructing the progress of the project back in June.

Talks between the two parties in October raised hopes of a settlement.

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