Sinn Féin members stage petrol station protest

Two Sinn Féin members have occupied a petrol station in Dublin in protest at the jailing of five gas pipeline protesters.

Two Sinn Féin members have occupied a petrol station in Dublin in protest at the jailing of five gas pipeline protesters.

Brian Keane and another member of Ogra Sinn Féin locked themselves into the Statoil station on the Northumberland Road in Ballsbridge.

“We are here for a peaceful protest. We’re entering peacefully and we’ll be leaving peacefully,” he said.

He added that the protest was in solidarity with Micheal O Seighin, Vincent McGrath, his brother Philip, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin, who are being held in Cloverhill prison for refusing to obey a High Court injunction taken out by Shell E&P Ireland.

The five men have called on the public to boycott petrol stations owned by Shell and Statoil, the main shareholders in Shell E&P Ireland.

“We echo the call for the men to be freed immediately and support them in their fight to defend their community and the health, safety and well being of their families, said Mr Keane.

Both he and his fellow protester locked the doors of the Statoil station to deny access to two gardaí, who had requested them to leave.

“The guards have asked us to open the door but we’re going to stay here for an hour,” said Mr Keane.

Yesterday, he and other members of Ogra Sinn Féin occupied the Statoil station on the south quays in Dublin city centre for an hour.

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