Gas pipeline activist freed from jail

Leading anti-Corrib gas activist Maura Harrington was today released from prison after being jailed over her protests.

The retired teacher was sentenced to 28 days in Mountjoy Prison for assaulting a garda and contempt of court after refusing to sign a bond to keep the peace.

Outside the prison gates Ms Harrington vowed to continue battling the Shell gas project in north Mayo and headed for Leinster House.

“I’m fine. I’m delighted to be here with family, friends and supporters,” she said.

“We will keep going until we reclaim the natural resources of Ireland for the people of Ireland. On this Budget day when everyone in the country is being screwed it’s time we screwed the oil companies.”

Ms Harrington, one of the most vocal Shell to Sea campaigners, said she would head for the Shell headquarters in central Dublin and later the Dáil to continue protests over Corrib.

Meanwhile, talks between the Government, Shell and north Mayo representatives over the dispute broke down yesterday.

Shell to Sea claimed 30 other people living near the proposed inland refinery and pipeline have been served summonses over their protests at Bellanaboy, Corrib and Broadhaven Bay.


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