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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Corrib Gas protesters end 'Long Walk' today

Tom ShielOPPONENTS of the Corrib Gas project will complete their 300km 'Long Walk' from Rossport, Co Mayo to Dublin at lunchtime today.

Micheal O Seighin, one of the five men imprisoned for 94 days last year for their opposition to the onshore pipeline, will give a speech outside the GPO at 1.15pm

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Vincent Jackson, will welcome the walkers to the city at noon at Kilmainham Jail.

The trek took 12 days, with the participants claiming "significant support" from local communities, as well as motorists and pedestrians, as they made their way from the eastern to the western seaboard.

Their inspiration for the 'Long Walk' came from various sources, which include the eviction of Michael Davitt's family from their Co Mayo farm in the 1850s.

The Shell to Sea group has pledged to stage protests if Shell Ireland attempts to resume construction work at the proposed terminal site in Bellanaboy next month.

Meanwhile, Shell Exploration and Production Ireland (SEPIL) announced yesterday that local man Padraig McAvock, from Belderrig, is to be the company's Fisheries Liaison Co-Ordinator for the Erris area.

Mr McAvock, who has been a fisherman for 40 years, has worked with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) since 1990 on a number of different marine surveys.

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