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Galway Rally to support Rossport 5

Galway Rally to support Rossport 5

by Róisín Burke
A major national rally in support of the Rossport 5 is planned for Galway city this Saturday.
The Galway protest by the Shell to Sea Campaign is part of a national campaign to free the Co Mayo men who have been imprisoned as a result of their objection to the Shell Oil Co running of a raw gas pipeline through their land.Local organiser, Mr Padraic Campbell told the Galway Independent that the Galway rally is a non-political show of support for the men. “We are hoping for a huge turnout of people from all around the country on Saturday. While it may be the holiday season, there are five men in Clover Hill prison in Dublin. It is very important for people to make the effort to come to Galway on Saturday to show their support.”Mr Campbell is also Chairman of the Campaign for the Protection of National Resources and SIPTU spokesman for Irish oilrig workers. “For years I’ve represented oilrig workers and we have said all along that the pipeline should be off shore,” Mr Campbell said. “It is an unprecedented and dangerous system. I represent 900 men with years of experience in this area,” he added.Galway Fianna Fáil County Councillor and Údaras na Gaeltachta member, Seán Ó Tuaraisg has added his voice to those of fellow Fianna Fáil Councillors and TDs in Mayo who support the moving of the Shell Gas pipeline offshore.Cllr Ó Tuaraisg said he was “very sympathetic” to the plight of the Rossport 5 and recently supported a motion at Galway County Council which proposed that Shell be asked to move the line offshore. “The refining should take place at sea,” he stated.The rally will start on Saturday at 2pm at the Spanish Arch.

Posted Date: 
21 August 2006 - 1:08am