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Decision to keep Rossport 5 in jail until October is totally unacceptable - Ferris

25 July, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Marine and Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD has slated today's court decision, to keep the five men from Rossport, Co. Mayo in jail. Deputy Ferris said the decision is "totally unacceptable."

Speaking today, he said:

"The travesty of injustice continues. Despite the fact the Minister has indicated that the pipeline being built by Shell & Statoil in Mayo did not have the required permission the judge has sent the five men back to jail today. The judge even refused to listen to the case put before him. This is an absolute disgrace. These five men are in jail for simply protecting their community against a hazardous pipeline. These men should never have been in jail in the first place and should be released immediately.

"The behaviour of the judge today raises serious questions about the men's incarceration. Because of his action's they could now remain in jail until October, which is totally unacceptable.

"Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for the men‚s release, for the pipe line to be moved off shore and we will also highlight the deeper injustice of how the government of the day managed to simply sell off one of the greatest resources this state has to foreign companies. Now these same companies hold a community to ransom."

In conclusion Deputy Ferris called on, "all political parties to come out and demand the release of the Rossport 5 and support the Shell to Sea campaign and end to this terrible injustice." ENDS

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