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UK Indymedia: Rossport Five send Shell to Hell in Mayo, Ireland….again!

emma | 07.04.2006 23:03 | Ecology | Globalisation | Social Struggles
This is the latest twist in the fight between Shell, Statoil and the Irish Government, and Rossport, County Mayo, on the West Coast of Ireland, over corrupt plans to build a ludicrous gas pipeline through the area.
This is a campaign that has won significant victories. Shell was supposed to have already built the pipeline last year, the blockading by local people of the pipeline and refinery site effectively meant that no building has occurred since last summer. There is massive local, national and international opposition to this project. Shell and its partners must be stopped, and they will be stopped here, on the west coast of Ireland.
The five men were imprisoned for contempt of court and jailed indefinately last year, for refusing to allow Shell access to their land to build the pipeline. The decision today vindicates the people of County Mayo, have had to live with the prospect of this dangerous pipeline and the environmental and social catastrophe that is causing in their lives, for over six years. This is a battle won, but there is still the main war to fight. At the beginning of this week, Shell's contractor tried to gain entry to the Bellanaboy site, but was turned back by a local blockade.
Today, in Dublin…
The Rossport 5, Micheál Ó Seighin, Willie Corduff, Brendan Philbin, and Philip and Vincent McGrath were brought before the Irish courts again today to receive the final judgement from Justice Joseph Finnegan, the President of the High Court.
The five were imprisoned last year for three months, for refusing to obey his order to cease protesting against the scheme by Shell and Statoil to install a dangerous, experimental, raw-gas pipeline through their village.
Read the full story here:
The men stressed that their imprisonment, and the trauma caused to their families and communities, was only one chapter in the struggle to free Mayo of the blight of Shell's scheme to exploit the Corrib gas find by processing the raw fuel at a giant refinery , rather than off-shore, which is normal practice. The campaign against the pipeline is set to continue, even stepping up a gear now.
To read more about the campaign, go to:
Many protesters, then travelled to the Statoil building in Dublin, where they attempted to deliver a section of the controversial pipeline back to the company.
Full story (this looks like fun!!!):
There is a solidarity camp in Rossport on the west coast of Ireland, for supporters and activists to come and support the locals with their campaign to send Shell to Hell.
Read more about the camp here:
There are several of us in the UK who have stayed at the camp and who are planning to go back out there soon. Please get in touch if you are interested in travelling out, as we share travel. Also, they are in need of donations, here is their wish list:
Shell to Sea!
Shell to Hell!
e-mail: [email protected]

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