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Irish Independent: Protesters blockade Shell HQ over pipeline

Feb 18, 2006
PROTESTERS yesterday blockaded the entrance to Shell's Irish headquarters with bicycles as part of an international campaign against the Corrib gas pipeline.
The construction of the pipeline in North Mayo was suspended last year after a determined campaign which saw five men from Rossport spend 94 days in jail.
The Shell to Sea group protested outside Shell's headquarters on Dublin's Upper Lesson Street to highlight the re-opening of its solidarity camp in Rossport. “We want to stand beside the locals until the aims of the campaign are achieved,” said camp spokesman Bob Kavanagh.
There were no disturbances, but protesters chained bicycles together, chalked slogans on the pavement and paraded posters saying 'Shell Hell' and 'Safety before profits'.
Mr Kavanagh said he hoped more than 60 people would move to Rossport to live in the solidarity camp, to be sited at the point where the gas is due to come ashore.
“We're not asking people to totally suspend their lives. If you can only come down for a few hours, a couple of days or a weekend, whatever you have the time to do.”
The Shell to Sea group is calling for the gas to be processed offshore rather than transported through the pipeline to an inland refinery.
Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey is currently considering whether to grant Shell permission to resume construction of the pipeline, following an independent report on the risks it could pose to local residents.

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