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Today's protest at the proposed Corrib gas refinery site in Mayo is just the latest episode in the ongoing dispute, which has still not been addressed in any meaningful way by either the Government or Shell and its partners.Our campaign has always been concerned with health, safety and the environment, and the sit-down protests, both inside and outside the site, were undertaken in the spirit of non-violent direct action that is universally recognised as a legitimate form of demonstration.Until those in authority are willing to acknowledge this, and the fact that there has never been community consent for the proposed development, there can never be a solution to the problem of Corrib. Government silence, Shell spin and over-zealous Gardaí will only prolong the dispute.We look forward to a speedy response from the Ministers for Justice, Natural Resources and the Environment, with whom we have sought dialogue and without whom no solution will be found.ENDFor comment or verification call John Monaghan on +353 86 3123439or Seán Harrington on +353 86 2670529

Posted Date: 
12 September 2007 - 10:23pm