Ferris criticises Garda handling of Bellanaboy protest
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has criticised the manner in which the Gardai handled this morning’s protest at the proposed terminal site at Bellanaboy. This has led to the hospitalisation of one protestor and prolonged confrontations.
The Kerry North TD said: “This is only the latest instance of heavy handed intervention by Gardai at Bellanaboy, something that has already resulted in injuries and numerous complaints against individual members of the force identified only by badge number. The protestors are perfectly entitled to be there and indeed non-violent direct action has now become the only option for those with legitimate objections to the gas pipeline as all other avenues have been closed off to them.
“This culminated earlier in the week with the dismissive attitude of Minister Noel Dempsey to proposals from the Shell to Sea campaign. The Minister of course did find time to solicit multi nationals in the Burlington Hotel who might be interested in taking further advantage of Ireland’s natural resources, promising them that any gas they get their hands on can be piped directly out of the country.
“Last weekend Fianna Fáil made much at the Ard Fheis of their increasingly tired historical claim to be a republican party. Sadly, Minister Dempsey’s attitude reminds one more of the yeomen, land agents and bailiffs who did the dirty work of the landlords in Mayo and elsewhere during the Land War. Today is a national day of protest for the campaign and I would urge people to take part in the actions being planned in their own area, including pickets of Shell and Statoil stations."