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Rossport delegation to meet member of Norwegian Coalition

15 September, 2005

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD, and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald have welcomed the decision by the Socialist Left Party's spokesperson on Energy to meet with a delegation representing the five imprisoned Rossport protestors. A meeting will take place between the delegation and Mr Hallgeir Langeland MP, when they travel to Norway next week. Mr Langeland has already placed questions to the outgoing Conservative Government on the issue of Statoil's involvement in the Corrib project. Socialist Left will form part of the incoming left-wing coalition that defeated the right wing parties in Monday‚s general election.

Deputy Ferris and Ms McDonald said: "We very much welcome the fact that the Rossport representatives will be able to meet with a member of the new Government and press their case regarding Statoil's involvement in the controversial pipeline in Mayo. Sinn Féin has highlighted this issue with the Socialist Left Party through our contacts within the European Left/Nordic Green Alliance and they are well aware of the concerns regarding safety and the overall benefits of the project to the Irish people. We hope that these concerns will now be given concrete expression in the manner in which the new Government directs Statoil, in which it has a majority stake, to address those concerns." ENDS

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