Farmer stages prison hunger strike in CPO dispute
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
A Co Clare farmer has gone on hunger strike in prison as part of a dispute over the compulsory purchase of his land.
Sixty-seven-year-old Oliver Clune, from Barefield, was jailed on Monday for contempt of a court order to stop him interfering with Clare County Council’s plans to build a new link road in Ennis.
The dispute has been ongoing for 14 years and centres on a number of issues, including the level of compensation, which is believed to be in the region of €1.8m.
Mr Clune says his hunger strike will continue until the row is resolved.