"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.”
TWO Shell to Sea protesters who attached themselves to the undercarriage of a van outside the Bellanaboy Corrib gas refinery will have their case heard in Belmullet District Court on October 10.Mr Terence Conway, Inver, Barnatra, Ballina and Mr Stephen Kavanagh of Rathlee, Easkey, Co Sligo appeared before last week’s sitting of Castlebar District Court where they both faced four charges of wilful obstruction, obstruction, failing to comply with the direction of the Gardaí and a public order offence.Sergeant Gary Walshe told the court he arrested Mr Conway on July 13 at 3.35pm and cautioned him. He said the defendant replied ‘no comment’ to two of the charges and made no reply to the other two. Garda Aiden Gill arrested and charged Mr Kavanagh at the same time and said the defendant replied ‘no comment’ to all the charges.