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Ferris congratulates Ballinaboy pickets - calls for solidarity pickets across state

26 September, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has congratulated picketers who this morning prevented access to the proposed gas terminal at Ballinaboy in North Mayo. This was the latest attempt by the Shell-led Corrib consortium to proceed with work on the site since the jailing of the Rossport Five. He went on to call for solidarity pickets at Shell and Statoil stations across the state.

The Kerry North TD said: "I would like to express my support ad admiration for the protestors who are perfectly within their rights to oppose what is clearly an unpopular development in the area. As yesterday's poll for TG4 proved, the overwhelming majority of people in Mayo want the gas to be processed off-shore despite a dishonest propaganda offensive from Shell and their supporters in the media throughout the summer.

"Despite this, Shell is committed to ignoring the interest of local people and has absolutely refused to consider off-shore processing to placing the pipeline on land. Any attempt by Shell to proceed will be met with resistance by people locally and that resistance will have the full support of Sinn Féin.

"Solidarity pickets are being organised for 6pm this evening in various parts of the country at Shell and Statoil stations and I would urge people to show their support for the campaign as they did so powerfully last year and stand again with the people of Rossport."


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