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Sinn Féin will take Rossport case back to Europe if necessary - Mary Lou McDonald

4 May, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today vowed to "bring the Rossport case back to the European Parliament if necessary".

Ms McDonald made her comments after two reports were launched yesterday concerning the controversial Corrib Gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Yesterday's published reports on the Corrib Gas pipeline suggest that danger to the local community is minimal. However, local people and a number of experts in the field have disputed these findings.

"It now seems certain that Shell Ireland will be allowed to begin work on the pipeline as long as 'certain safety conditions are met'. The people of Rossport are rightly concerned by this whole process, which saw five members of their community jailed last year for refusing to allow a dangerous pipeline to be run through their community and their refusal to bend the knee to multinational companies to exploit Irish national resources.

"Sustained pressure in Ireland and across Europe helped secure the men's release from jail and it is essential that the momentum is now built upon to ensure that there is a widespread campaign of opposition to the imposition of a dangerous gas pipeline through the community of Rossport.

"Sinn Féin stands beside the community of Rossport and we are committed to assisting the community in any way possible over the coming months. We have raised this issue in the European Parliament on numerous occasions through speeches and questions to the European Commission to ensure that those in power are aware of this injustice and that there are many people in Co Mayo and across Ireland who are prepared to make a stand against it.". ENDS

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