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News Release: Tunnel Boring Machine stuck at Glenamoy, Erris; local vehicles damaged.

Multimillion Euro operation to move Shell's machinery turns into farce 

 - 31st July, Glenamoy, Co. Mayo


For the last twelve hours Shell and the Gardai have been attempting to move some sections of a 500 ton tunnel boring machine to the remote site of Aghoos in Erris.

Despite this, the effort has proven to be farcical, with protestors pulling off three road blockades under the noses of hundreds of Gardai. In the latest twist, the lorry, which has been on the road for twelve hours so far, failed to make a crucial turn on the last leg of its journey at the Aghoos / Bellinaboy Road due to its size, despite being in a specialist vehicle.

It continued on to Glenamoy to turn, but has found itself stuck in the process, which included crashing into a local residents car. Gardai also assaulted a number of the various people who have been stuck there and been told to expect to be there for at least two hours more. 

Terence Conway, a spokesperson for Shell to Sea is currently one of those stuck at Glenamoy, can be reached for comment at 086 086 6264.

Con Coughlan of Rossport Solidarity Camp, involved in a number of the protests can be reached at 085 114 117 0.

The nights events as they unfolded can be seen on twitter at #corribTBM