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Ireland Online: Taoiseach admits Shell protestors jailing ‘regrettable’

Ireland Online: Taoiseach admits Shell protestors jailing ‘regrettable’

Thursday 30 June 2005

The jailing of five Co Mayo men for blocking work on a Shell gas pipeline is regrettable, but the court’s decision must be respected, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today.

Mr Ahern added an independent report on the safety of the project, commissioned by Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey, would be published as soon as it was ready.

Efforts were continuing today between Shell executives and Mayo TDs to find a compromise which may lead to the release of the protesters.

Shell Ireland chairman Andy Pyle said the families had refused to meet the firm in the months before the High Court conviction for contempt.

But he hinted that some compromise may be still possible if contact was established. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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