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Gerry Adams welcomes release of Rossport 5 as the 'only sensible decision'

30 September, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this afternoon welcomed the release of the Rossport 5 after spending 94 days in Coverhill prison, Dublin. Mr Adams said that the release of Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin was the only sensible decision which could have been reached.

Mr Adams made his comments after the High Court in Dublin released the five men late this afternoon. Shell applied to have the injunction against the men lifted and the court agreed, although the men have refused to purge their contempt. The men must return to court on October 25th where they will find out if they will stand trial again.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

"I want to take this opportunity to welcome the release of the men collectively known as the Rossport 5. I want to salute the courage of the five Mayo men and their families who stood up against the might of the multinational corporations and have emerged with their dignity intact.

"I also want to pay tribute to those people who worked night and day to ensure that the men would not be forgotten. For over three months they erected posters, organized rallies and kept up the political pressure - they are a tribute to their communities. Had there not been such a public outcry the men might still be in jail, and there are those who would have been quite happy for the men to languish in prison for much longer.

"Whilst the men's release is a welcome development, the underlying concerns regarding health and safety must still be addressed. If Shell is serious about resolving this matter, then they must listen to the community affected by their plans and build their pipeline offshore.

"I also want to reiterate my call for people to attend tomorrow's rally in Dublin. It is crucial that people turn out in large numbers and continue their support for the Rossport community." ENDS

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