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From The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
02 July 2006 
By Laura Noonan

Sinn Fein, the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers Solidarity Movement and Eirgi, a new republican organisation, will help Shell to Sea campaigners deliver 40,000 information leaflets in Dublin this summer.

The leaflets were launched at the Dail last week, a year after five Mayomen were jailed for refusing to undertake not to obstruct a Shell E&P gas pipeline bringing gas from the Corrib field onshore.

‘‘We’re not running any candidates, and we’re not telling people how to vote,” said Tadhg McGrath of the Dublin Shell to Sea campaign.

‘‘What the leaflet suggests is that people ask their candidates how they are going to respond to the Corrib scheme if they get into power.

‘‘It goes a little bit into the history of the scheme and says that the people involved most closely with the scheme were Frank Fahey, Bertie Ahern and Ray Burke, who are all Fianna Fail people.

‘ ‘When Be r t i e Ahern knocks on people’s doors, we want people to ask: ‘Why did you do this?”‘ Sources at the Shell to Sea campaign said that Anarchist Youth, the Socialist Party, the Green Party and Labour Youth were also likely to become involved in the leaflet campaign. Shell to Sea has produced 50,000 of the leaflets at a cost of €3,000.

The organisation’s draft distribution plan provides for 40,000 leaflets to be delivered in the Dublin area, with the remainder distributed in Galway, Clare, Waterford and Dundalk.

Some 4,000 leaflets will be distributed in Dublin Central, the constituency of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Dublin Mid-West, the constituency of Tanaiste and Progressive Democrat leader Mary Harney, will get the same number of leaflets.

In Dublin, Eirgi will deliver 4,000 leaflets to homes in Rathmines, Ranelagh, Harold’s Cross and the South Circular Road. Shell to Sea’s draft plan notes the area has been selected because ‘‘Michael McDowell is TD for the area. Strong Green Party and Labour vote.”

Swords and Balbriggan, in the Dublin North area, will also be leafleted because Fianna Fail TD GV Wright is stepping down in the next election. Crumlin and Inchicore, in Dublin’s South Central electoral area, will also receive 4,000 leaflets.

‘‘Two Fianna Fail TDs. A very strong left wing vote across the constituency,” Shell to Sea noted.

Finglas East and Glasnevin will also be leafleted because there are two Fianna Fail TDs, and the government ‘‘will be under pressure to hold both [seats],” according to Shell to Sea. Similarly, Dublin North East is home to two Fianna Fail TDs, and constituents in Donaghmede and Baldoyle will receive 4,000 leaflets. Leafleting in this area is likely to be carried out by Sinn Fein.

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