Teresa Treacy, aged 65, has been thrown into Mountjoy prison for not allowing EirGrid and the ESB to cut down 12,000 trees on her land (which Teresa planted herself) to run power lines. Teresa was willing to allow the ESB to bury the pylons underground, but the ESB refused saying this would be eight times more expensive. Considering that the average salary of ESB workers is €75,000 a year, I think they can afford it. Teresa has been imprisoned until she gives the EirGrid and the ESB the answer they want. To quote Brenda Power of The Sunday Times: “The women in question has committed no crime: she has hurt, enslaved, defrauded or bankrupt nobody. She has sought nothing more than to be allowed to live in peace and tranquility on her own land, surrounded by the trees she has planted over decades on the property she shares with her sister.”
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