Three yatchs forced away from Greencastle Port by protestors

Its been revealed that three yatchs were denied shelter from a storm in a Co Donegal port by protesters claiming to protect the rights of fishermen.

The yachts, from France, Sweden and Buncrana were stopped from entering Greencastle harbour on May 7th after high winds forced them to seek shelter.

It's understood the boats had come in as far as the pontoon but, after suffering verbal abuse from protesters, the crews were forced to put to sea in the stormy conditions.

The dispute centres on the installation of two pontoons last year at Greencastle harbour. Protesters say they fear the pontoons mark the beginnings of a marina that will force out traditional fishermen.

Donegal County Councillor, Mickey Doherty, said that it was a disgrace that three visiting yachts were turned away:

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