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Ferris reiterates call for full investigation into Garda behaviour in Mayo

7 April, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris has reiterated his call for a full and immediate investigation into incidents involving Gardaí making threats of a sexual nature against women involved in protests against the gas pipeline and refinery in north Mayo.

The Kerry North/Limerick West TD was speaking at a press conference this morning at which one of the women who were the subject of a taped conversation in which Gardai are heard to joke about rape, spoke to journalists.

Deputy Ferris said:

“As I stated the other day to Pat Rabbitte in the Dáil, this incident needs to be fully investigated and I would support the call to have the entire situation around policing at Rossport made subject to an enquiry.

“Not only has it cost well over €20 million by this stage, but that must be placed in the context of what the state is deploying those resources to protect.

“As it stands the Corrib project will bring little or no benefit either to the local community or to the Irish people because of the manner in which oil and gas exploration is licensed and taxed. That is also something that needs to be addressed particularly at the current time of dire financial crisis when we are already handing over money hand over fist to multi nationals.”

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