Celebrations tonight in Belcoo.
11th August – Victory Night in Belcoo
What a night! Campaigners in Belcoo were still trying to take it in at 9 o’clock tonight. The campaign has won its first battle and a halt has been put to Tamboran’s attempt to drill an exploratory well without planning permission or environmental impact assessment (EIA). All weekend, campaigners were tense, wondering what this week would bring. There was a strong feeling that, if permission was given for drilling, the rig would arrive within hours and a confrontation seemed inevitable. There were few smiles and a lot of worry.
Then, all of a sudden, the weight was lifted off everyone’s shoulders – the verdict was given from Stormont and a big cheer went up from the camp. “We did it! We’ve won!” People were hugging each other, beaming, this was something that everyone could rejoice in – young, old, from both traditions, from…
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