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Ferris Calls On Shell To Clarify Legal Position

4 August, 2006

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, has called on Shell to clarify whether or not it intends to proceed with its legal action against the Rossport Five. Deputy Ferris was speaking on the confusion that surrounds yesterday’s statement from the company in which it referred to its intention to “ - review the legal position with regard to the ongoing injunction proceedings.” This was reported in many news outlets as a positive decision by Shell to drop its injunctions.


The Kerry North TD said: “It is important that Shell clarify exactly what it intends to do in regard to the ongoing injunctions against the Rossport Five. While the Shell statement merely refers to a review, the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny claimed that he had been informed by Shell’s Deputy Managing Director that they were going to “drop” the injunction.


“Given the considerable pressure being placed on the men concerned, and the large amount of spin and obfuscation surrounding every aspect of this issue, it is vital that Shell state plainly whether or not they intend to abandon their legal threat against the men. Otherwise, we can only continue to conclude that yesterday’s announcement was an effort to avoid having to make available the documents subject to the order of discovery made by Justice Mary Laffoy last Monday."



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