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Campaign to free Rossport Five arrives in Minister Dempsey's home town

15 July, 2005

The campaign to Free the Rossport Five came to the home town of the Minister for the Marine And Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey last night. Caitlín Uí Sheighin, wife of jailed Rossport man Micháel Ó Sheighin spoke of her hope that her husband and the other prisoners would be released soon. Commenting on the couple's situation, Mrs Uí Sheighin stated that "as myself and Michael are retired from teaching, we had expected that we would be enjoying life in a way you can't when you are both working fulltime and raising a family."

However, since the Corrib Gas Project began their lives had been turned "upside down, by a faceless multinational company indifferent to Rossport's safety fears, and by a government determined to protect business interests to the end."

Meath Sinn Féin County Councillor, Joe Reilly stated that "the solution is simple but Minister Noel Dempsey is not making a resolution easy." Continuing, Councillor Reilly stated that "We choose Trim for this meeting tonight precisely as it is Minister Noel Dempsey's home town, and the point must be made clear that as Meath's representative at the cabinet table, he is expected to, and indeed must act on the concerns of his constituents."

According to Councillor Joe Reilly the plan to "pump raw, odourless gas through a residential area already prone to landslides is incredibly reckless. Minister Dempsey knows that the people of Meath are aghast at this proposal, and we call on him to stop prevaricating and to let these men return home to their families."

The meeting was adjourned once a strategy for Meath was agreed to press for the five men's early release. According to Mrs Uí Sheighin she is delighted "at the support in Meath for us, as well as all of the groups and individuals across Ireland that have lended their help."

"In many respects, many of us living in the affected area have felt isolated from public support in the past, but this is obviously changing. All I can say is that the people of Meath have been generous in their support, and I look forward to the forthcoming protest in Trim." ENDS

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