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“I only talk to people I can trust”. Supt. Joe Gannon refuses to hear protestors’ complaints.
This morning’s protest at the proposed gas refinery site at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo saw another Shell to Sea campaigner injured by over enthusiastic police. Local schoolteacher Maura Harrington, an outspoken opponent of the Corrib project since the beginning was taken to Castlebar hospital by ambulance shortly after 8am today.
As the convoy of vehicles approached the junction between the haulage route for the site and the main road, Maura was among a small group who came forward to block their path. A line of Gardai hurried forward to contain them and she was pushed back, falling over and banging her head on the road. Eyewitness accounts say that she received a two-handed shove from a Garda. She was examined by Dr Jerry Cowley where she lay; he expressed the opinion that she may have incurred a concussion and that she had received a hard knock to the back of the neck and head. The site ambulance was called out by Gardai but Mrs Harrington refused to go on the basis that it was a private ambulance paid for by Shell and she did not want to avail of it. This ambulance had passed ten minutes before and gone up to the site. It was approximately 30 minutes before an ambulance arrived from Castlebar, during which time Maura remained immobile on the ground covered by coats and blankets.