Shell to Sea criticises jailing of protester

 

The Shell to Sea campaign has criticised a court’s decision to jail retired school principal and campaigner Maura Harrington for non-payment of fines arising out of her conviction for assaulting a Garda.

Harrington was yesterday jailed for 14 days by Belmullet District Court for refusing to pay €3,000 in fines arising from a court hearing in March.

Dublin Shell to Sea said today it was “utterly hypocritical” to prosecute local campaigners while allowing Shell to continue doing work for which it has no planning permission.

Spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins said: "No planning permission has been granted for the pipeline landfall compound at Glengad beach.”

"This approach of one law for community, another law for the multinationals may be based on an assumption that this project is somehow in the national interest.

In fact, Corrib will represent a net loss to the exchequer of many billions of euro,” she said.