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Gerry Adams joins protest at Cloverhill Prison calling for the release of the Rosspost 5

2 July, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP and Mayo County Councillor Gerry Murray speaking outside of Cloverhill Prison this morning called for the immediate release of the Rossport 5.

Gerry Adams had been due to visit Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin this morning but had been prevented from doing so by the Department of Justice. Councillor Murray met with Vincent McGrath.

Mr. Adams said:

The jailing of the five Mayo men, on foot of their protest against the Corrib gas pipeline, is totally wrong. They should be released immediately and the injunctions against all others involved should be lifted.

"These men and their families and neighbours believe that the pipeline is unsafe as the pressure of gas is far too high for its proximity to homes. This view is supported by many people.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for an independent review which despite Minister Dempsey's claim has never been carried out. The so-called independent review of Shell's risk analysis was conducted by a company half owned by Shell.

"Pending a full enquiry into all aspects of the project; from the initial deal made under the terms agreed by corrupt former Minister Burke, to the ongoing safety concerns, all work should be halted.

"We are also calling for the state to reclaim the Irish peoples stake in our natural resources and institute a tax and royalties scheme that ensures that the Irish people benefit from the gas.

"It is a ludicrous situation that Corrib gas is completely under the control of a company that can write off all its tax, pays no royalties and sells the gas back to the Irish state at market value. It is unprecedented in any other country." ENDS

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