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Election results in Norway could help unlock Rossport 5 detentions - de Brún

14 September, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today hailed the election of a new government in the recent Norwegian Parliamentary elections as an 'opportunity to unpick the deadlock around the continued detention of the Rossport 5'. A broad left coalition is likely to form a government within the next few days.

The Norwegian company Statoil is currently embroiled in a dispute with local residents in Rossport, Co Mayo regarding the erection of an on-shore gas pipeline through the local community. Local residents are adamant that there are a number of safety concerns regarding the siting of the proposed pipeline.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin has had on-going contact with a number of Norwegian political parties regarding the role of the Norwegian company Statoil in the on-going Corrib Gas dispute and the continued detention of the Rossport 5.

"The Norwegian Government is the major shareholder in the Statoil company. It is my hope that a broad left coalition government has the ability to help break the deadlock surrounding the continued detention of the five local farmers from Rossport, who are currently languishing in Jail in West Dublin.

"If Shell Ireland and Statoil are serious about genuine and meaningful dialogue, then they should seize the initiative and lift the injunction against the men in Clover Hill prison. These men have spent too long in prison already because of their honourable stance on this. With real political will, the new government in Norway can put pressure on Statoil to help resolve this issue." ENDS

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