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Dublin Shell to Sea protest at Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Protesters from Dublin Shell to Sea managed to evade the heavy security at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis this morning. A number of activists held a protest at the main door of the Ard Fheis venue inside the City West complex.A banner was unfurled and one protester spoke to conference delegates through a megaphone, pointing out that the people of Ireland were being forced by the government to watch as their natural resources were handed over to Shell and Statoil, with nothing coming back, while the people of Erris had to put up with the degradation of their environment. The protesters, some of whom were wearing masks of Bertie Ahern and Noel Dempsey, were soon surrounded by Garda and security guards. The group's megaphone was confiscated as were their cardboard masks, and they were manhandled into a special branch car and removed from the scene. Dublin Shell to Sea member Tadhg McGrath said: "Members of the Fianna F il party are compliciit in this huge giveaway of the country's resources to big business. Money that should be collected in royalties is going instead to Shell's shareholders, and no one in this country will benefit from the exploitation of our oil and gas. This morning's protest was an opportunity to make sure that the delegates at the ard fheis were aware of the situation. Fianna F il members can't say no one told them. Now they have can't plead ignorance and they have decide whether to speak up against this policy or go along with it." more info from Tadhg McGrath 087 618

Posted Date: 
25 March 2007 - 3:59pm