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Rossmore Five: Party loyalties split in battle over pipeline

THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST (IRELAND): Rossmore Five: Party loyalties split in battle over pipeline

“The ‘Free the Rossport Five’ campaign offers considerable scope for broadsides on the government’s policy towards Shell – from the safety of the pipeline to tax reliefs and their exemption from paying royalties to the state.”

Sunday 24 July 2005

By Niamh Connolly

Mayo is a hotbed of political rivalry. This has been helped in no small part by the David-and-Goliath battle between local landowners and fuel giant Shell over the safety of the gas pipeline it is building in Rossport in the north-west of the county.

Protest rallies held yesterday in Dublin and across Mayo against the jailing of five Mayo farmers for obstructing Shell’s pipeline are providing opposition candidates with an invaluable early election platform. The five are now in their third week in prison.

The ‘Free the Rossport Five’ campaign offers considerable scope for broadsides on the government’s policy towards Shell – from the safety of the pipeline to tax reliefs and their exemption from paying royalties to the state.

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