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Rossport Representatives visit Derry

1 September, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Representatives from the Rossport Campaign have visited Derry this week to inform people in the City about the current situation in their campaign to prevent Shell and a number of other multi-nationals building a high powered untested gas pipe-line within yards of their homes.

During their visit, the campaigners, Willie and Mary Corduff and Vincent McGrath addressed a meeting organised by the Top of the Hill Community Forum at which they explained the seriousness of the threat to their lives and livelihoods by the proposed pipeline.

On their visit the campaigners met Martin McGuinness MP MLA, Martina Anderson MLA and Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn.

Speaking after meeting the Rossport campaigners Martina Anderson said:

“Their protests have been met with fierce resistance by Shell and their security teams which have caused outrage among human rights activists around the world. Desmond Tutu has called for an inquiry into a recent vicious assault on Willie Corduff by masked men who appeared to be acting as part of the Shell security teams.

“Next month the results of the Shell planning application will be announced and after that date the company will forcibly enter the local people’s land to build this huge gas pipeline. If they succeed local people will find themselves living less than 100 yards from a potential fireball disaster that could destroy the village. They are told that in the event of a disaster they will have 30 seconds to evacuate the area.

“It is vital that people in Derry give their support to this isolated community that is being subjected to vicious bullying by an international oil company that has rejected all suggestions of a compromise proposed by the local community. The Dublin Government must also explain why it is standing idly by while its citizens’ rights are being trampled on by multi-nationals who are exempted from taxes as they exploit our natural resources.” ENDS

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