Lissadell protest at Bertie.
FORTY demonstraters protested yesterday as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arrived to open an exhibition honouring Countess Constance Markievicz.
The protesters, members of the Lissadell Action Group, were renewing a campaign claiming public right of access to the historic Sligo estate.
One protester declared: "If Countess Markievicz was alive she would be out here protesting with us."
Lissadell owner Eddie Walsh said: "It's disappointing people still don't see what we've been trying to do here."
The Taoiseach added: "The state can't take over every great house in the country.
"Lissadell is clearly in very loving hands. The owners have done a wonderful job."