A certain individual has been going around my community spreading particularly malicious rumours about me. For a while it was a pathetic joke, but it has to stop now.
One of the malicious lies being spread by this individual is that I have been behind a number of personal attacks on the Facebook page of Comeragh Against Pylons. I resigned as the CAP page administrator in October 2015 and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. The fact that this individual was present at the meeting at which I resigned, and that he was present when another committee member was appointed to replace me, is a puzzle to me. The CAP page very kindly publishes my blog when I submit it to them, but apart from that, I have been concentrating my energies elsewhere, fighting the wind industry and their cronies.
One of the things I have been involved with is supporting Declan McGrath in his application to An Bord Pleanala to stop the continued construction of the illegal road that has destroyed an ancient bog in the Mahon Falls valley . Many of you know Declan and his wonderful books on the Comeraghs. He knows more about our area than anybody else I know, and his love for the beauty of our country is infectious. In addition to helping Declan, I have always been suspicious that the road was put in to permit heavy vehicles to access the privately-owned hydro-electric plant, but that is a personal opinion only, and so far I have not been able to uncover any proof to link the two. If anybody has any information on that, I would love to hear from you.
In any event, the destruction of the ancient bog and many of the beautiful trees that once grew there angered me so much that I made an FOI request for all the documentation between the Comeragh Community Development Group and the Waterford County Council regarding the use of public money to finance this illegal development (it is illegal as the area is a Special Area of Conservation that requires planning permission and a comprehensive EIS, none of which exist). That documentation makes very interesting reading indeed, with the same names appearing again and again. If anybody wants a copy of those public documents, feel free to contact me.
The names of these same individuals have again appeared in my investigation of the proposed community wind farm by BSB, and I do not think that it is a coincidence that the frequency of the personal attacks on me and my family have increased dramatically since I published my blog on the proposed community wind farm that intends putting turbines in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I was a solicitor for five years, and a barrister for ten years, where I tried to do as much good for people that I could manage, and my ex-clients will vouch for that. Despite this individual calling me “a blow-in who should go back to South Africa”, I have now lived in this country for almost fifteen years and have worked as a lecturer at WIT where I do the best for the students that I teach. My reputation is therefore not only important to me, but to all the people that rely on me. I have also made many good friends in a community that I love and I intend to live out my years right here.
It is for that reason that I am sending a message out to those who would seek to blacken my name: “Enough already!”