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Sinn Féin backs Rossport Mobilisations

9 February, 2007


Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment & Local Government spokesperson Cllr Daithí Doolan has called for the public to support the day of solidarity with the people of Rossport on February 16th and the demonstration planned for Dublin on the 24th. Speaking today at a press conference to announce details of the Dublin demonstration, Cllr Doolan pledged the party's support for the campaign against Shell's pipeline and the theft of Ireland's natural resources.

Cllr Doolan said: "Sinn Féin is supporting this demonstration on February 24th and has supported the Rossport Shell to Sea campaign from the beginning. We hope that as many people as possible come out onto the streets to show their support for the campaign against Shell's pipeline and the theft of Ireland's natural resources.

"But even more importantly, we need people to get down to Mayo for the day of solidarity with the people of Rossport and Bellanaboy on February 16th. Busses will be going down on the 15th from all over the island. On the last day of support at Bellanaboy there were people from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Monaghan showing their solidarity with the men and women who have maintained a vigil on Shell's activities for so long.

"Since the start of October there has been a daily peaceful protest at the site of the refinery at Bellanaboy to oppose the infliction of this dangerous pipeline on a small, rural community. We support the calls for people to turn out on the 24th, but we would ask people to do whatever they can to get down to Bellanaboy on the 16th, to get down to the frontline of this struggle."

In conclusion, Cllr Doolan, "Demanded that the Irish government protect both its citizens by supporting the people of Rossport in their reasonable demand to have the Shell pipeline moved off shore."

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