Clashes at picket on asbestos dump site at Barnahely in Ringaskiddy, County Cork.

The Raybestos Manhattan brake pad plant in Ovens, created a dump for its waste asbestos at Barnahely in Ringaskiddy, County Cork, sparking intense local opposition. 

Concerned residents attempt to block a lorry carrying waste to the dump. An Garda Siochana intervene and are accused of overreacting and using excessive force, particularly in their efforts to remove children from the roadway.

The Garda Superintendent in charge says his men were merely enforcing the law and disagrees they were overly rough. He does not believe children should have been at the protest in the first place.

We did everything within reason, I’m not aware, I haven’t received any complaint of anybody being assaulted.

Teddy Forde, chairman of the Ringaskiddy Residents Association tries to calm the situation, originally intended as a peaceful picket. He asks those gathered to go home and reconvene later that evening for a meeting. He tells those assembled that nine children have been hospitalised, one suffering from concussion.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 May 1978. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.