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Ferris calls on Greens to intervene in Erris protest

18 September, 2008

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the Green Party Ministers to intervene in the ongoing protest over the proposed Corrib Gas pipeline in Mayo. The Kerry North TD was speaking as one of the protestors entered the tenth day of a hunger strike and as the threat of arrest still hung over local fishermen who have signalled their intent to oppose the bringing ashore of pipe from a vessel currently in Killybegs.

Deputy Ferris said: "Concern is being expressed by many people regarding the health of Maura Harrington who has been on hunger strike since early last week. I believe that the Green Party members of the Government, who were opposed to the pipeline while in opposition, can help to resolve the issue by speaking directly to both sides.

"Given that the hunger strike is directed against the ship that was intending to bring the pipe ashore but which has now left Broadhaven Bay, the Ministers could clarify the intentions of Shell with regards to the vessel concerned, the Solitaire, by contacting both sides." ENDS

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