Organisers of an anti-mining meeting next weekend are asking people from across Connemara to turn out in force to show their support the campaign.
Protect Connemara, the group set up to register opposition to mining licences being granted in areas around Ballyconneely, has invited public representatives including TDs, MEPs, and county councillors, as well as representatives of An Taisce, Fáilte Ireland, and Irish Fisheries.
The meeting will take place in Ballyconneely Hall on Sunday week, September 22, at 7pm.
Speaking to the Journal earlier today, organiser Terri Conroy said the meeting wants to hear from a broad range of people who will be affected by mining in the area. It will provide a chance to ask questions and get extra information on the issue.
Terri said: ‘We want people to come along and ask any questions they have – if one person has a question, there are bound to be others with the same concerns.
The group is particularly keen to hear from hoteliers and others involved in tourism. A major concern is that if mining licences are approved, tourism in Connemara will be ‘dead in the water.’
Terri added that, with public representatives attending, a good turnout on the night is essential.
She said: ‘We really need to have a full hall, we need people to show their opposition and talk about how it’s going to affect their lives. We need people working in any area of tourism to come out, as after mining, there’ll be no tourism at all. Who’ll come to Connemara if it’s littered with open mines?’
Connemara Chamber of Commerce president Lisa King said the Chamber ‘fully supports [the group’s] efforts against mining’ and that she will be at the meeting to represent members of the organisation.
The next Protect Connemara meeting takes place in Ballyconeely Hall, September 22, 7pm