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Lissadell protest at Bertie.

Byline: By PADDY CLANCY

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."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2007
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