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Irish Government must act in relation to continued detention of Rossport 5

6 July, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP is to contact the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to voice his deep concern at the continued detention in Cloverhill Prison of Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin. He has called for the five mens immediate release.

Mr. Adams said:

"The continued detention in Cloverhill Prison of these five men is disgraceful and is in stark contrast to the treatment afforded to Shell by the Irish government. Not only Corrib Gas been handed over to Shell, they can write off all their tax, pay no royalties and then sell the gas back to the Irish state at market value.

"And if that isn't bad enough the so-called independent review of Shell's risk analysis was conducted by a company half owned by Shell.

"These five men need to be released from Cloverhill Prison immediately. Work on the project needs to be halted until an independent review of health and safety is carried out and all aspects of this project are investigated including the terms agreed between former Minister Ray Burke and Shell." ENDS

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