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Reuters: Irish police baton-charge Shell protesters

Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:48 AM GMT

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish police baton-charged protesters at a Royal Dutch Shell gas terminal in the west of Ireland on Friday after about 200 people blocked a convoy of vehicles taking construction workers to the site.

One man was taken to hospital following running clashes between police and protestors that lasted for more than an hour, Irish broadcaster RTE said.

The police were not immediately able to confirm the report.

Shell is locked in a dispute with local residents about a pipeline they plan to build to bring gas onshore.

Earlier this year Shell said it would re-route the pipeline as recommended by a state mediator. But local residents who have delayed the 300 million euro (202 million pound) project for more than a year said their protests would continue.

They want Shell to process the gas on an offshore shallow water platform instead of onshore.

Changes to the route were proposed by a government-appointed mediator after five men, known as the Rossport 5, last year spent almost 100 days in jail for protesting against the project, which they said ran too close to their homes.

Shell’s partners in the offshore Corrib gas field are Norway’s Statoil and U.S.-based Marathon Oil Corp.

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