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Government new found interest in community spirit obviously does not extend to the Rossport 5

6 September, 2005

Mayor of Monaghan Sinn Féin Councillor Pat Treanor this afternoon joined supporters of the Rossport 5 outside the meeting of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party in Ballyconnell, County Cavan to highlight the ongoing detention of the five men. Councillor Treanor described their detention as a scandal and said that the Government's new found interest in community spirit obviously does not extend to the Rossport 5.

Councillor Treanor said:

"It is a bit rich to listen to senior government ministers talking about community spirit when they have stood by while five men from Rossport in County Mayo continue to be detained in prison for standing up for the rights of their community.

"Government inaction on this matter and their decision to give away national resources shows what they are really interested in.

"The Corrib gas fields are a hugely valuable national resource and could be worth up to 20 Billion Euro, which is twice the size of the government‚s entire health budget. And there are more gas fields, off Cork, Shannon, Galway and Donegal. Despite its value, the Irish government has no share in the Corrib consortium. They will receive no royalties and it could be many years before any tax whatsoever is received. There is no deal so unfavourable in the world.

"Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for the release of the Rossport 5 and for this dangerous pipe line to be moved off shore. We will also campaign for the government to reverse their policy on oil and gas exploration so that it is the Irish people who will profit and not foreign companies."ENDS

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