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Protesters have picketed the office of the ESB over the treatment of a pensioner jailed for not letting the electricity company cut down her trees.

Campaigners have demanded the release of Teresa Treacy, who has been in Dochas woman’s prison for three weeks.

The 65-year-old was jailed for contempt of court after she broke an order ruling ESB and Eirgrid could erect pylons on her land.

Cormac Lally, of the Teresa Treacy Support Group, said the pensioner is very anxious behind bars, where she has received thousands of letters of support.

“This woman should be freed from jail immediately, with no conditions at all,” he said.

The former businesswoman had planted thousands of trees on her 150-acre site at Clonmore, three miles east of Tullamore, Co Offaly.

An ESB spokesman said four adjoining landowners have agreed to let contractors put the pylons on their land, meaning seven acres of Ms Treacy’s land would be felled instead of 14 acres, and replant where needed.

“These changes will have cost implications but in the circumstances that we are in, we are working extremely hard to resolve this and get Teresa out of prison. We have spoken to her family and the family have have communicated what’s on the table to Teresa.”

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