Charges Follow Shell Protest

Eight people have been arrested following a protest at the Shell compound in Glengad, Co Mayo.

The arrests were made after over 100 protestors took part in a demonstration against the work of the Shell facility in the area, and some attempted to gain entry through security fencing.

A spokesman for Gardaí said officers in the area confronted the protestors and eight people were detained for public order and trespass offences. The seven men and one woman were being detained at Ballina, Garda Station.

Earlier this month seven activists were charged over an attempt to pull down a security fence around the site where the planned Corrib gas pipeline will come ashore at Glengad beach, claiming it had no planning permission.

Shell says it has all the necessary consents for the project.

Gardaí said it is believed the large group had gathered over the weekend for the purpose of attending the Rossport Solidarity Camp.

The camp was established in the middle of June 2005 in north-west Co Mayo, for those opposing the construction of the high pressure gas pipeline and inland refinery plant in their area.


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