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Press Release: Dublin Shell to Sea calling protest outside Mountjoy prison at 5pm

Today in Belmullet District Court, Maura Harrington was sentenced to nine months suspended sentence by Judge Gerald Haughton. The charge came after an action by the local community and supported by members of Shell to Sea campaign to remove nets placed on the beach head at Glengad which is a SAC (special area of conservation) to prevent sand martins nesting on the site where Shell plan to bring the raw gas pipeline ashore.

During today's hearing Ms. Harrington refused to enter into a bond of good behavior for two years, resulting in the suspended sentence being invoked. Maura is currently on her way to Mountjoy to begin this sentence.

Giving evidence in mitigation today in Belmullet court Maura said:

"Given the continuing imposition of the proposed Corrib Gas Project, the reality at Glengad is that Justice and the Law are mutually exclusive. My reality exists in the interest of Justice, and I can live with it. You Judge, must live with your reality and that is an appalling vista."

Dublin Shell to Sea Spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins said today:

"This is another clear example of the state targeting prominent campaigners and local people who oppose this project in its' current form. The nets in question were repeatedly removed by local people, yet Maura is singled out for prosecution and jailed because she is seen as a thorn in the side of Shell who are insisting on forcing this project through against the wishes of the people living there."

She continued :

"The sentence imposed on Maura today as absolutely ridiculous considering that the cost of the actual damage done was €160. And this comes in the backdrop of Gardai today announcing that no prosecutions are to be brought in relation to the sinking of Pat O'Donnell's boat last June and also no arrests made in relation to the beating of Willie Corduff by masked men around the same period. It is clear to local people that what applies in Erris is not law and order, but Shells' law"

Dublin Shell to Sea are calling a protest outside Mountjoy to co-inside with Maura's' arrival. The purpose of the protest is to highlight the treatment of local people opposed to this project by the state who are now completely inseparable from Shell and their security company IRMS.