Saturday 26 July 2008

Pipeline protests switch to beach site

JUST two days after 12 protesters were arrested at the Corrib gas pipeline in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, further clashes occurred yesterday between protesters and security at the site.

At 8am yesterday morning, up to 70 Shell security personnel and a further 40 gardai forced around 60 protesters off the public Glengad beach and a number of scuffles ensued.

Shell E&P Ireland are undertaking preparatory work at this site for the laying of the off-shore pipeline. It is also the site where the pipeline will start inland.

PJ Moran of Pobal Chill Chomain, an anti-pipeline group, said the protest won't stop.

"We will be back every day until Minister Ryan puts a stop to this," he said.

Shell maintains they have all the necessary permits and consents to erect the fences.


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