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roscommon | rights, freedoms and repression | news report Friday June 04, 2010 16:53 by Bobajob - SHELLTOSEA
Niall and Pat - Political Prisoners
Cyclists from Merthyr in Wales en-route to Rossport Gathering stopped at Castlrea Prison to meet up with Shell to Sea supporters and stage a day of music and song on behalf of Niall Harnett and Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell who are locked up for obstructing the cops in performance of their duty to protect the rights of Shell employees to continue work on the illegal Corrib gas project.
Following on from the imprisonment of the Rossport 5 and retired school principal Maura Harrington and others, Niall and Pat are the latest innocent citizens to be jailed for standing up to the government and their puppet-masters, the multi-nationals, who are determined to complete the construction of the Corrib project regardless of the human and environmental cost.
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Our family here in Gort, Co.Galway had the privilege of hosting cyclists who came from Madrid in solidarity with the people of Erris and Merthyr. Their spirit aligned with the spirit of the people of Glengad, Kilcommon, Rossport and surrounding areas is quite infectious and it is a spirit that will not be broken.
It has been said that the music and song and laughter outside Castlerea Prison was responded to with a defiant roar by Pat O'Donnell and Niall Harnett!
Let that visceral echo reverberate across this country and the world because, make no mistake, the people of Ireland must wake up to what is happening with the Corrib Gas Project...for it concerns each and every one of us on a profound human level.
Madrid, Merthyr, Mayo ABU
I guess all of us involved in the Shell to Sea campaign owe a debt of gratitude to the Merthyr to Mayo and the Madrid to Mayo cyclists for the outstanding work they've done in publicising the respective struggles against exploitative, corrupt and damaging energy projects in Spain, Wales and Ireland. I daresay their fleeting presence in cities, towns and villages on their way helped more people to find out more about how the oil, coal and nuclear industries go about their dirty business, and brought a spark of colour and extra life everywhere they went. Like all the other campaigners before who have made enormous sacrifices of time, work, money and personal liberty along the way while we have struggled against these iniquitous projects, the cyclists are due a big big Thank You from me, and other Shell to Sea campaigners I'm sure. Now go and have a ball of a time at the Solidarity Gathering - you surely deserve it!
What a cheerful way to protest outside the prison, with singing, dancing and speeches. Lovely batch of photos. I'm so glad the Merthyr cyclists and others were given the warm reception they earned.