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Sinn Féin MEP plans to raise case of 'Rossport 5' in European Parliament

4 July, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún plans to raise the case of the 'Rossport 5' in the European Parliament this evening. Ms de Brún said that she was hoping to address MEPs to make them aware of 'one small community's fight against the multinationals'.

Ms de Brún made her comments as five Mayo farmers continue to be incarcerated for refusing to give assurances they would not obstruct work on their land regarding the safety implications of a Shell Gas pipeline which is due to be laid. Local people argue that the pipeline should be laid out at sea.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"It is vitally important that the European Union is made aware of the plight of the 'Rossport 5'. This is one small community's fight against the uncaring attitude of the multinationals. As a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee, I am concerned that the pipeline operation has not been shown to comply with the necessary saftey precautions.

"Five men were sent to prison because they had the audacity to oppose the construction of a potentially dangerous gas pipeline through their own land. I call for these men to be released and for their concerns to be addressed with the seriouness they deserve.

"The multinational companies Statoil and Marathon do not care about local communities - their overriding concern is profit. 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. I plan to use the platform of the European Parliament to ensure that those in power are aware of this injustice, and that there are those prepared to make a stand against it". ENDS

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