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Irish Times: Corrib protestors hold all-night vigil

Last Updated: 03/10/2007  06:16

Members of the Shell to Sea campaign have  held an all-night candelit vigil at the Corrib gas refinery gates in north Mayo to mark a year since deployment of extra gardaí to the area.

Shell to Sea spokesman John Monaghan said in a statement yesterday that the vigil from midnight until 6.30am was being held to mark “the one-year anniversary of the siege of the local community”.

A prayer service was held at dawn.

Up to 200 gardaí have been deployed during certain periods to provide escorts for employees building the Bellanaboy refinery, since work resumed there last October.

Clashes between gardaí and protestors have taken place on a number of occasions, and the bill for the security had been running at €800,000 a month, according to figures released by former minister for justice Michael McDowell  last April.

Gardaí say that their numbers are now back at almost normal levels in the Belmullet area.

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