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Prosecutions of Shell to Sea campaigners collapse

By: 
Andrew Flood - WSM - Indymedia

25 out of 27 people prosecuted for resisting Shell’s experimental gas pipeline have cases withdrawn or dismissed

Around the time of the visit of Shell’s pipe-laying ship the Solitaire in June it became clear that the Gardai had been told that they could do anything to remove Shell to Sea campaigners from the scene and they would be looked after. Rulings from the district court, in particular the denial of bail to 7 campaigners charged with the most minor of public order offences removed people with vital water skills from the area by interning them in Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons. Local fisherman Pat O’Donnell had one of his boat sunk from underhim when four masked men boarded the boat in the middle of the night and held Pat and the other crew member at gun point while they sabotaged the boat leading to its sinking. When Pat took to sea in another boat as the Solitaire arrived he was arrested under the Public Order Act for loitering and once more sent to prison leaving the way clear for the Solitaire.

National Protest at Castlerea for Pat O' Donnell

National Protest for Pat ( The Chief ) O' Donnell
Saturday 27th March 3:30pm, Castlerea prison, Co. Roscommon.

 

Date: 
27 March 2010 - 3:30pm

Update from Belmullet Court

By: 
Shell to Sea

Rally for jailed fisherman Pat O'Donnell at Castlerea Prison, Sat 27th March, 3.30pm

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Court on Thursday:

The 19 people who had cases outstanding had their charges either dismissed or dropped. 

Judge Haughton ruled that Eoin Lawless had been "unlawfully detained" by Gardaí and dismissed his charges.  Due to this, another 8 related cases were subsequently withdrawn by the State. 

Read more here: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/unlawful-detention-leads-shell-sea-cas... & http://www.shelltosea.com/content/press-alert-judge-throws-out-charges-a...

London demo in support of Pat O'Donnell

By: 
S - ShelltoSea - Indymedia

With Erris fisherman Pat O'Donnell into his second month in Castlerea Prison, UK Shell to Sea supporters held a demonstration outside the Irish Embassy.

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