"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
WEST Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin held a protest in support of the Shell 2 Sea campaign on Saturday last in Omagh town centre.http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/UH/free/288029433646394.php
A large number of protesters held posters, a banner and distributed hundreds of leaflets. Local Omagh town councillor Martin McColgan was there to show his support.
Shell 2 Sea seeks to ensure the proposed Corrib gas terminal and pipeline are constructed offshore.
Speaking after the protest Ógra Shinn Féin national Organiser Barry McColgan "In recent years the people and community of Rossport, Co. Mayo have been living a nightmare. There has been local opposition in Rossport against the construction of an on shore refinery by multi national giants Shell and it has caused great anger and frustration in the area.
"Ógra Shinn Féin supports fully any attempts by the people of Rossport and Ireland to bring this government policy to an end.
"We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people in Rossport, as the Gardai have beaten men women and children opposing this move."
He also criticised the 'overt' presence of the PSNI during the protest and claimed 'photographs were taken of the protest and individual protesters."