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Will Galway help Mayo?

Will Galway help Mayo? -- City to hold major national rally to support Rossport Five
BY KERNAN ANDREWS, Galway Advertiser
A major national rally will be held in Galway this Saturday starting at 2pm in support of the Rossport Five. Supporters will gather in the Spanish Arch before marching to the city centre.
Following the march to the city centre, the protesters will return to the Spanish Arch where speeches will take place. The families of the Rossport 5 and non-political experts will speak first followed by local and national politicians from across the political divide.
The main organiser of the rally is Mayo TD Dr Jerry Cowley. He has strong support from the newly formed local group in Galway who are supporting the Rossport Five and the Shell to Sea campaign. The local organiser is the Green Party's Cllr Niall Ó Brolcháin.
''There is huge anger in Galway at the fact that five men from neighbouring Mayo have been sent to prison because they dared to stand up against a multi-national company,'' said Cllr Ó Brolcháin. ''It is in the power of Shell to let the men out. I call on them to do so.''
The organisers are calling for a large turnout on the day to show solidarity with the men and their cause. Another of the organisers, Padraic Campbell, is calling on the Minister for Equality Affairs Frank Fahey to come to the rally and justify the issuing of Compulsory Acquisitions Orders to Shell that concern the land of members of the Rossport five.
He is also calling on the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív to explain what he is doing to support the men of Rossport which is a part of the Erris Gaeltacht.
The organisers of Saturday's rally have four requirements for justice: stop development in Rossport and clean the raw gas at sea; cease all operations, onshore and offshore, in Erris pending the hearing; vindicate the imprisoned Rossport Five; and renegotiate the terms of all future deals on behalf of the Irish people.

Posted Date: 
11 August 2005 - 9:40pm