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Ferris accuses Shell of duplicity

3 August, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD has accused Shell of duplicity in their announcement that they are to drop their court injunction against the Rossport Five.

Deputy Ferris said:

"In announcing that they are dropping their injunction, Shell have absolved themselves of the requirement to surrender key documents relating to various aspects of the pipeline project. On Monday Justice Mary Laffoy made an order of discovery that for the first time would have placed this information into the hands of those who object to the pipeline.

"The fact that Shell, after more than a year of attempting to bully Rossport men, should now drop their action speaks volumes. It confirms what many of us believe; that the entire deal regarding the Corrib field stinks to high heaven. The fact that Shell is willing to abandon its campaign of intimidation rather than shed any light into this dark corner speaks for itself.

"The announcement from Shell that they are willing to alter the route of the pipeline misses the point entirely. They have failed to agree to the central demand of the campaign that the processing of the gas from the Corrib field takes place offshore." ENDS

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