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Press Release: Two campaigners arrested on six year anniversary of Pullathomas Pier violence

Six years on after the garda violence of Pullathomas Pier on the community the violence continues. Yesterday Shell to sea spokesperson Terence Conway and one other protester are arrested.

Six years ago, Pullathomas pier saw a violent attack on the community by the garda siocana with shell partnership in order to carry out survey work. This attempt of tress-pass on mcGraths pier resulted in a digger as a means to push aside peaceful protesters along with numerous assaults. to date no garda has been held to account, for these unlawful  activities and numerous assaults

Todays peaceful protest saw a continuation of this garda abuse of power, as a dozen protesters were violently removed from the roadway by Gardai  to facilitate shell's haulage route. The conflict lasted several hours and resulted in shell to sea spokesperson Terence Conway and a member of Rossport Solidarity Camp being arrested. Terence was charged and the other protester released with an adult caution.

The authorities to date have ignored the report by the UN special rapporteur on human rights calling for an independent investigation into the policing of the corrib project

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For more information contact:        
    
Maura Harrington:   
Terence Conway:   
 
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[1] Gardaí in clashes at pier over Corrib gas survey
http://www.shelltosea.com/node/1541

The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:

1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.
2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.
3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.