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Sinn Féin MEPs call for mass mobilisation at Rossport 5 rally

30 September, 2005

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún and Mary Lou McDonald have today urged people to 'mobilise in their thousands' at a rally in Dublin City tomorrow to celebrate the release of the Rossport 5 from jail and to continue the fight for the Corrib Gas pipeline to be halted pending a full hearing of the issues. The march will assemble at 2pm Parnell Square.

Both MEPs said that sustained pressure in Ireland and across Europe had helped secure the men's release from jail. They also stressed that the reasons behind the men's imprisonment had not yet been resolved.

Speaking today in a joint statement both MEPs said:

"We want to take this opportunity to welcome the release of the Rossport 5.

"Many Irish people are left wondering how these men could have been kept in jail for 94 days for protecting their land and their homes. The men should now be allowed to get on with their lives at home with their families and friends.

"Tremendous public pressure both in Ireland and across Europe has helped secure the release of the men. Indeed, the Rossport issue has been raised in the European Parliament and even today, the men's plight was discussed at a meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in Oslo, Norway, through a request from our offices in the European Parliament.

"Tomorrow's rally will now take on an added significance in light of the men's release from prison. It will be an opportunity for those people who worked tirelessly for their release and for the tens of thousands of people across Ireland who have supported the men, to come together and celebrate. Much more work still needs to be done, and Shell must listen intently to the people of Rossport. The reasons behind the men's imprisonment have not been resolved and their homes are still under threat. The Corrib Gas pipeline must be halted pending a full hearing of the issues." ENDS

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