Rossport protester before court

A protester from the Rossport Solidarity Camp was before Ballina District Court this week for public order charges arising out of an incident which took place on July 31 2012 at Gurteens, Ballina.

Tom Hooley, Rossport Solidarity Camp, Aughoose, Pullathomas was involved in a protest against a piece of machinery being brought to the Corrib gas terminal.

Hooley was directed to desist and leave the area. He failed to desist and was arrested at 1.43am.

The defendant (28 ) an environmentalist from the UK, has no previous convictions. His solicitor, Alan Gannon said that Hooley intends to return to the UK next week to pick acorns for a tree plantation company.

Judge Mary Devins directed that he contribute €100 to the west of Ireland’s children charity—Hand in Hand— and applied the Probation Act.

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