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Protesters take Shell action to Dublin

The Irish Times – Monday, August 30, 2010

PAUL CULLEN

CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST the Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo yesterday raised a Shell flag at the Custom House in Dublin in an ironic re-enactment of an iconic second World War photograph.

The protesters recreated the raising of the US flag on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima to show that “the Shell takeover of Ireland is now complete”, they said. The group from Dublin Shell to Sea called on Minister for the Environment John Gormley, whose office is in the Custom House, to reject Shell’s application for a foreshore licence for the pipeline project.

“If the Minister doesn’t see fit to reject this destructive application outright then we request that an oral hearing be held on this foreshore licence so that the health, safety and environmental impacts of it can be appropriately assessed,” said Caoimhe Kerins, Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson.

Shell EP Ireland have applied to the Minister for a foreshore licence to allow the construction of a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon estuary in Co Mayo to hold the gas pipeline. The closing date for submissions on the application is today.

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