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Sinn Féin steps up campaign in support of Rossport 5

8 July, 2005

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

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