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Irish Independent: Dirty tactics by Shell protesters

Tuesday August 07 2007

Hats off to Kevin Myers on his timely article (“Protesters should be sent to sea”, Irish Independent, August 3) on the ongoing Shell to Sea campaign “boil” which urgently needs to be lanced.

Any democratic society allows, indeed needs, peaceful protest, but what we have witnessed here is a campaign by a small number of people intent on disrupting this project through dirty tactics – down to even trying to boycott much-needed scholarships sponsored by Shell for deserving third-level pupils in the Erris region.

The people have spoken in the recent general and, indeed, the Seanad election. Why then do those people cost us, the taxpayers, millions in having a Garda presence in the area merely to uphold the law of the land and deal with matters far removed from lawful protest?

BRENDAN CAFFERTY,

BALLINA, CO MAYO

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