Protestors tar­get the La Touche sem­i­nar to make point over Floren­tine ‘sham­bles’

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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.

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