Protestors target the La Touche seminar to make point over Florentine ‘shambles’
PROTESTERS who interrupted the launch of last weekend’s La Touche Legacy Seminar to deliver a letter to David Brophy of Ballymore Properties have said that they are disappointed with the defence of the company made by local representatives.
‘The Florentine Centre shambles in Bray has been disastrous for local business,’ said Cllr. John Brady of Sinn Fein, who led the protest.
Ballymore’s founder Seán Mulryan was to attend the launch but he pulled out at the eleventh hour and was replaced by CEO Mr. Brophy.
There was a small demonstration outside the venue, where a group armed with placards opposed the company’s failure to complete the Florentine centre, then as Mr. Brophy prepared to address the audience, Cllr. Brady approached the podium.
‘Four of us went, not to make a scene but to get our point across,’ said Cllr. Brady. ‘I told Mr. Brophy how Ballymore had let down the people of Bray. They robbed the town of hundreds of parking spaces which dealt a body blow to local traders.’
Cllr. Brady handed over a letter of complaint addressed to Seán Mulryan.
After the demonstrators left the scene, it is understood that Deputy Billy Timmins and Cllr. George Jones leapt to the defence of Ballymore, whom they praised for the work they have done in Greystones.
‘They stated their view and we didn’t try to hamper them,’ said Mayor of Greystones, Cllr. Jones. ‘We have worked with Ballymore and found them to be agreeable. They have made a huge contribution to Greystones, including a no-strings attached contribution to the swimming pool.
‘We weren’t there to destroy the seminar,’ said Cllr. Brady. ‘We simply wanted to get the message across, have a presence and hand over the letter.
‘There were councillors there amongst the crowd from other jurisdictions so we hope the message has gone back that Ballymore has had a detrimental effect on Bray.’
The group of protestors outside the Charlesland Golf and Country Club last weekend.