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Ferris condemns arrest of Erris Fisherman

10 September, 2008

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, has strongly condemned the arrest of local fishermen in Broadhaven Bay. Three fishermen were arrested after their boats were boarded last night when they refused to move as part of a massive security operation involving the Irish Navy to facilitate the landing of pipe for the proposed Corrib gas line.

Deputy Ferris said: "The arrest of fishermen attempting to protect their livelihoods is a disgrace. Much has been said about the jobs that will be created if the gas pipeline proceeds while local people who are already providing employment are subject to this harassment.

"I would also call on the Green Party members of the Government, who were prominent in their support of the Rossport Five in 2005, to use their influence to bring an end to the heavy handed treatment of local protestors and to insist as they did prior to entering Cabinet on a full review of all aspects of the Corrib project." ENDS

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