Seven Shell to Sea protestors granted bail

The High Court has granted bail to seven people arrested in connection with the ongoing dispute over the laying of a Shell gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

The High Court has granted bail to seven people arrested in connection with the ongoing dispute over the laying of a Shell gas pipeline in Co Mayo.

Today Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy granted bail to three men: James Marlow and Nathan Nadim Samari, both British citizens with addresses at The Rossport Solidarity Camp, Barnacoilla, Pullathomas, Ballina, Co Mayo; and Eoin Lawless of Charlestown Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11.

Late on Wednesday evening the High Court granted bail to four others: Frances Barker, Rodney Gardens, Bromley England; Danielle Gibbins, Clarkes Crescent, Ecclestone, Merseyside; Alma Barker a French citizen with an address at Welwaart, Canute House, Durhamwharf Drive, Middlesex, England; and Sophie Bollard from South Avenue, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England.

They were remanded on bail on their own bond of €100 each and on condition that they stay out of Co Mayo, except for court appearances, and be of good behaviour. The State did not object to bail being granted.

The seven, who are all aged in their 20s, were arrested by gardaí on June 28 within the confines of Shell E&P Ireland's compound at Glenegad, Ballina, on public order charges. The charges are denied.

They were held in custody and appeared before a special sitting of Ballina District Court on June 29. All applied for bail, but were refused by Judge Mary Devins.

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