Sinn Féin steps up campaign in support of Rossport 5
Sinn Féin is stepping up its campaign in support of the Rossport 5 with protests taking place at Shell and Statoil garages across the 26 Counties between 5-7pm this evening (Friday 8th). Protests are planned in Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Leitrim, Waterford, Laois, Kilkenny, Kildare and Westmeath.
Speaking prior to the protests Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said:
“It is not good enough for the government to wash their hands of the Corrib Gas debacle and allow Shell to ride rough shod over the people of Rossport. It is a disgrace that Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin are now into their second week of detention at Cloverhill prison.
“Serious issues have arisen at every stage in this process going right
back to the original granting of licenses and the allocation of the
site at Bellanboy, all of which are shrouded in mystery. To add
to that we now have the ludicrous situation where one part of a
company engaged in a potentially dangerous pipeline development is
asked to conduct an ‘independent review’ of the risks involved.
“This is at a time when Shell is attempting to bully people whose lands lie along the route of the proposed pipeline, and where none of the serious concerns that have been raised are being properly addressed.
“The five men should be released immediately. The government should initiate an independent review of health and safety risks and institute a thorough public investigation into every aspect of Shell’s involvement in this project right back to the shoddy deal that gave them control over the Corrib Field in the first instance”.ENDS
Below are details of some of the protests that are taking place.
Dublin South West - SHELL garage at Tallaght By-pass
Dublin North East – SHELL garage at Clare Hall, Malahide Road
Dublin North Central – Statoil Garage across from Donnycarney Church
Dublin Central – SHELL garage at Finglas Road, Glasnevin
Dublin Mid West – SHELL garage Lucan by-pass, Palmerstown
Dublin South and Dublin South East – SHELL garage Taney Road Dundrum
Dun Laoghaire – SHELL garage in Dalkey
Dublin West – Castleknock and Hartstown Statoil stations
Wexford - Shell service station, New Ross
Laois - Shell service station, Portlaoise road, Mountmellick
Kilkenny - Shell service station, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny
Kildare - Shell service station, Kilcullen Road, Naas.
Westmeath - Shell service station, hospital road, Athlone
Leitrim - Statoil filling station on the Dublin road Carrick-on-Shannon
Cork – Douglas Village and Blackpool Shopping Centre
Kerry - Tralee Town Centre