No resolution to dispute over dung catchers for horses between jarveys and Killarney National Park.
Forty five jarveys who operate the jaunting cars placed pickets on the entrances to the park after they were effectively locked out by the park's managers this morning.
Around one million people visit the spectacular Killarney National Park every year where the traditional horse drawn jaunting cars have been a feature for decades.
The dispute stems from the National Parks & Wildlife Service demands for the use of dung catchers on horses pulling jaunting cars to prevent soiling on the pathways and roads. The jarveys are refusing to use the devices.
Eamonn Meskell of the National Park & Wildlife Service describes the dung catchers as simple and effective. The jarveys claim the dung catchers would irritate the horses and would be dangerous for passengers.
Jarvey Denis Doona says,
I'm not putting them on my horse and that's it.
Tourists, however, do not understand what all the fuss is about.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 July 2009. The reporter is Paschal Sheehy.