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Doolan-Supporting Rossport 5 Dublin protest

3 August, 2005

Sinn Féin’s Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today called on, “Minister for Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, to add his weight to the campaign to have 5 Mayo men released from jail."

Speaking ahead of today’s protest at the Shell Garage Donnybrook, Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I will be supporting today’s protest called by the Shelltosea Campaign. It is a total disgrace that these 5 men from Rossport, Co. Mayo are still languishing in a Dublin jail while the Minister himself has admitted that Shell did not have the proper planning permission for the construction of the controversial pipe line. These men are in jail at the request of Shell Oil for simply highlighting the fact that the pipeline bringing the oil in from the Corrib gas field is dangerous and poses a real threat to the community of Rossport.     

“The sale of Corrib by our government was a travesty. We are now reaping the sorry harvest that was sown by previous Fianna Fáil government ministers. The nation’s natural resources belong to the nation and must be used to benefit the people on this island. Resources should never be simply sold and stripped for private gain, which is exactly what is happening in Mayo.”

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded the Minister Noel Dempsey, “to intervene and support the call for the men’s immediate release.”

The protest takes place today, 5:30pm at the Shell Petrol Station, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.


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