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Forum forced to close after Shell to Sea's Maura gets on megaphone

Marian Harrison - Western People

The North West Development Forum was cut short in Belmullet over the weekend as a result of a Shell to Sea protest, writes Marian Harrison.

Loud speakers and posters were used to get the anti-Corrib gas group's message across to the three Government ministers in attendance.

Members of the group said their protest was in solidarity with imprisoned campaigners Pat O'Donnell and Niall Harnett.

Using a megaphone, retired school principal Maura Harrington told the crowd that the men were in prison for 88 days and 18 days respectively.  The protestors also read quotations from the recent human rights Frontline report.

Chairman of the forum, Joe Brosnan, attempted to continue with business but, in the end, was forced to close the forum.