Global Community Monitor director to speak in Dublin

Beidh Denny Larson ó Global Community Monitor, ag caint ar obair phóilíníocht ar agóidí comhshaoil i Halla na Saoirse, BÁC ar an Déardaoin, 15/5, ar 7 p.m.

Bhí GCM mar chuid de lucht fiosrúchán idirnáisiúnta a tháinig go hIorras, Co. Mhaigh Eo an bhliain seo caite, agus a bhfuil go leor eolais bailithe acu ar iompar agus pleananna na nGardaí ag agóidí Shell chun Sáile. Beidh Denny Larson ag labhairt faoina thaithí féin, caidreamh idir pobal na háite is na Gardaí, agus ag déanamh comparáid idir grúpaí cearta daonna agus comhshaoile eile, a bhfuil baint acu le GCM.

GCM Director Denny Larson on policing of environmental protests.
Liberty Hall, Dublin– 7PM Thursday May 15th

Mr. Denny Larson of Global Community Monitor, a United States-based human rights and environmental justice organization, will speak in Dublin at Liberty Hall on Thursday May 15th at 7PM.

GCM was a part of an international fact-finding mission to Ireland to report on the policing operation in Erris County Mayo early last year, and met with many people who have direct experience of the Garda tactics at the Shell to Sea protests. Denny Larson will speak about his experience of relations between the local community and the Gardaí, and make comparisons with other human rights and environmental campaigns with which GCM is involved.

Speaking in advance of the event, Denny Larson said: “The failure of the Justice Minister to take immediate action to reform the manner in which the Garda are mishandling peaceful protests in County Mayo is further violation of the civil and human rights of Irish citizens. International intervention by the European Union and other bodies is needed in Ireland due to the serious nature of the situation which continues to threaten the safety of law abiding protesters and the public.”

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A Garda prosecution of a protester injured at the protests in November 2006, Mr Ed Collins, was finally dismissed by the court in Belmullet today Wednesday 14th May 2008.

Mayo has the highest incidence of complaints against gardaí in the country. Report here

Global Community Monitor was part of the international delegation of human rights and environmental justice investigators visited County Mayo Ireland at the request of a number of local residents concerned with public safety, environmental impacts, free speech and human rights issues arising from a gas pipeline and on-shore refinery project being constructed by Royal Dutch Shell and its partners. Read a summary of the report here

[From a press release by Shell to Sea.]

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