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Charges against activists struck out

The Irish Times

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nine activists who are opposed to the €180 million onshore Corrib gas terminal have had public order charges against them struck out.

A judge ruled yesterday that they had been unlawfully held for more than 27 hours in custody before being brought before a judge of the District Court.

The protesters were arrested by gardaí on June 28th last and held on public order charges after incidents near Glengad beach in Co Mayo, where it is planned that natural gas from the Corrib field will come ashore.

Leo Mulrooney, for the nine, argued before Judge Gerard Haughton at a special court sitting in Belmullet yesterday that one of the nine had not been brought before a court after his arrest as expeditiously as possible