Extinction Rebellion join Save Leitrim at Dail forestry protest

Extinction rebellion supporter and dozens of people from across county Leitrim are staging a protest against increased afforestation outside the Dail this lunchtime.

Several busloads of people from Leitrim travelled to Dublin this afternoon to stage a protest outside Leinster house with members of the environmental group, who have been staging demonstrations in Dublin this week, also joining in the protest.

A key focus of today’s protest is the ongoing concerns over the planting of Sitka spruce across the county, and especially in Leitrim, where almost 20% of the county is under tree cover.

The Save Leitrim group is appealing to Ministers Michael Creed and Andrew Doyle to visit the county to see the impacts of afforestation for themselves.

Some protestors, also dressed up as trees, also began a loud chant outside the gates of the Dail earlier.