Story on V Salafia and campaigns he has been involved in
A critical profile of Vincent Salafia - Ruadhán Mac Eoin and Michael Smith
Vincent Salafia - coming to a campaign near you
This is worth a read - some quotes from the article
'Salafia has a history of falling out with campaigns over the years leading to serious questions about his suitability to front another campaign. In 2004 Phoenix Magazine commented that he, "seems to foment trouble in his own camp wherever he get involved". It also noted that in 2003, "Salafia was accused by then An Taisce press spokesman, Ruadhán Mac Eoin (one of the co-authors of this piece), of censoring An Taisce press releases from the carrickminescastle.org discussion forum, of which Salafia was the moderator". Salafia was also accused of subverting the attempted alliance called the Friends of Carrickmines.'
'How then does this heritage hero get so mired in bitterness and fractiousness, having apparently split or been ejected from four high-profile environmental campaigns - 'Carrickminders', Save Tara Skryne Valley', 'Campaign to Save Tara', and most recently, 'Shell 2 Sea'?'
His own defence?
'the thing is, in every single campaign in Ireland, there are always disputes: that's just the nature of campaigns. It was the nature of the revolution in this country".'
The article outlines his protesting career, questions his qualifications as a lawyer, his involving high-profile people to campaigns, his virulent on-line attacks on the Campaign to Save Tara members and his ejection from a Shell to Sea meeting.
His defence again?
"again this whole thing is being individualized to take a personal swipe at me rather than to address the bigger issues".
Buy the magazine and see the rest for yourselves, link to the Phoenix Magazine article below.