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Irish Mirror: 5 HELD AT SHELL

SARAH STACK, The Mirror
Published: Sep 15, 2007

FIVE demonstrators were arrested and two gardai injured as clashes broke out during protests at the Corrib gas terminal site.

One man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a garda sergeant at the Bellanaboy compound, Co Mayo, while four others could face public order charges.

Around 200 Shell To Sea protesters travelled to the region to stage a sit-down blockade against the construction of a gas refinery and pipeline.

But the peaceful protest turned sour when demonstrators climbed the compound gates and stopped construction.

It is understood around 50 of the activists were involved and they were monitored by 50 gardai.

Caoimhe Kierns, of Dublin Shell To Sea, said she hoped the main message for the protest was that it is not too late for Shell and the Government to change the proposed plans. Ms Kierns added: “People have appealed to the Government time and time again, and to local politicians, but to no avail.

“They feel they are just hitting a blank wall and feel they have been left with no choice at this stage.”

Campaigners claim untreated odourless gas being transported inland through high-pressure pipes will be a danger to residents and the environment – as well as bringing no financial benefits to the people of Ireland.

Yesterday, Shell Ireland said although the protest caused minimum-disruption to its 300 workers they had caused a health and safety hazard.

He added: “Unfortunately people with no link to this region have again placed our local workers and other contractors in danger by their reckless actions.”

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