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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard' & Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.
mayo / environment / feature Sunday January 20, 2013 - 00:05 by Niall Harnett   text 32 comments (last - thursday april 04, 2013 - 22:01)   image 6 images
An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon. On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal. So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010. ... read full story / add a comment
Occupy Glengad
mayo / environment / news report Friday November 16, 2012 - 00:41 by Shelver   image 4 images
On Tuesday the 13th of November reports had come in that Shell had begun expanding the Glengad compound.

Around midday few of us at the camp house decided to head down for a look, and to see what could be done. ... read full story / add a comment
Outside Gate 1 with the new crosses
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday November 15, 2012 - 23:19 by RSC   image 5 images
On Saturday the 10th of November the community opposing Shell's Corrib gas project in Mayo held a gathering to mark two important anniversaries occurring on that day:

1. The 17th anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists who opposed Shell in Nigeria http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2011/06/23/shell-and-the-...wiwa/

2. The 6th anniversary of the baton charge and violence by Gardaí against protesters opposed to the Corrib Gas Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz0zYd93nfo ... read full story / add a comment
poster
mayo / miscellaneous / event notice Sunday October 21, 2012 - 13:11 by RSC   image 1 image
Come up to the camp house this bank holiday weekend for lots of fun group activities (and work!)

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Lock-on at Gate 1of refinery
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Saturday October 13, 2012 - 00:19 by Shelver   text 3 comments (last - tuesday october 30, 2012 - 18:15)   image 4 images
On Thursday night Shell's efforts to move parts of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) critical to the Corrib gas project hit another delay as protesters blocked the main gate of the refinery site with a concrete lock-on. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 22, 2012 - 21:53 by neo   text 3 comments (last - friday august 24, 2012 - 12:40)   image 9 images
This week Shell have recommenced work, eager to get a move on after the whole TBM-in-a-ditch saga. The Tunnel Boring Machine is still in the Bellanaboy refinery and they haven't made an attempt to move it the last 2km to Aughoose yet. Most of the work seems to be laying a track down from the back of Bellanaboy along the proposed route of the pipeline. So of course we at the solidarity camp have been very busy too: ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Saturday August 04, 2012 - 13:45 by resting camper   text 14 comments (last - friday august 10, 2012 - 11:34)   image 1 image
An account of Friday's events on the day the tunnel boring machine was moved. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday August 02, 2012 - 12:07 by resting camper   text 12 comments (last - saturday august 04, 2012 - 17:01)   image 5 images
Day three and things are still looking bad for Shell. Protesters and the Irish bog have the upper hand, with Shell receiving flack and Gardai humbled as crane sent packing. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday July 31, 2012 - 23:48 by really tired camper   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 01, 2012 - 14:26)
Right, a quick update from camp. The Tunnel Boring Machine is still stuck. Shell's contractors Roadbridge have been trying several different methods, but none working. Currently, it is believed the plan is to build up the road so local residents can get past, then use the main road to bring in cranes that can lift the truck in sections. However, there is resistance in the air... ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Sunday July 29, 2012 - 21:27 by camper   text 10 comments (last - tuesday july 31, 2012 - 11:00)
The TBM has been sighted at Dublin docks tonight (Sun) in three trucks, and is allegedly setting off towards Rossport this evening. ... read full story / add a comment
counceler blocks door into public gallery
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 25, 2012 - 19:34 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 2 comments (last - tuesday june 26, 2012 - 13:53)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Today the AGM of Mayo Co. council was disrupted by a high pitched grinding noise; a recording of the sounds that came from Shell's compound in Aghoose during the June bank holiday weekend. Local residents aimed to demonstrate how they were ignored when they tried to complain about this disturbance which lasted for four days, and were told the council offices were closed on the bank holiday.
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map showing relative location of Corrib Gas Field and Earthquake origin
mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday June 07, 2012 - 22:30 by Colin Johnston   text 3 comments (last - sunday june 10, 2012 - 15:20)   image 1 image
At the time of the magnitude 4 earthquake detected on the Mayo coast on Wednesday morning, "seismic survey" vessels contracted to Shell E&P Ireland were scheduled to be in the process of using high-energy explosive pulses to probe the deep rock strata within 10-15km of the quake zone. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday April 23, 2012 - 19:16 by Cara   text 3 comments (last - saturday may 19, 2012 - 16:28)   image 1 image
Shell Ireland have announced that they are to carry out more seismic surveying of the offshore pipeline which is supposed to carry raw gas from the sea bed to their valve at the landfall. The survey is scheduled to take place from June 1st 2012 and although they are vague about how liong it will take, they say the survey should be completed by the end of September. If there are protests, it might not be completed at all.

Full details here: http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/13495-MN17OF2012...1.PDF ... read full story / add a comment
The ex-sergeant himself
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday March 10, 2012 - 18:46 by Press release   text 7 comments (last - saturday january 03, 2015 - 22:10)   image 3 images
Friday 9th March at 6.30pm a group of two-dozen campaigners and Erris residents gathered outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet, Co. Mayo where ex 'rape tape' Sergeant James Gill was having his retirement party. ... read full story / add a comment
Another Corrib special sitting
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday March 06, 2012 - 20:52 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 8 comments (last - friday march 09, 2012 - 22:29)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Between the 20th and 24th of February 2012, 19 campaigners were tried at a 'special sitting' of Belmullet District Court, for alleged offences arising from protest against the Corrib gas project. Most of those tried were for Section 8 and 9 of the Public Order Act. Section 9 is obstructing 'the free passage of a person/vehicle’ in a public place and section 8 is failure to obey the directions of a Garda.

Overall the judge came down very heavily on the defendants. The hearings began only one week after public criticism from the minister for Justice Alan Shatter against what he called “protest tourism”. One campaigner received a prison sentence and three others received suspended sentences. Fines for all cases totalled €8350. ... read full story / add a comment
Locals show their solidarity with many from the Rossport Solidarity Camp who are in court
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday February 22, 2012 - 22:54 by j debender   text 15 comments (last - monday march 05, 2012 - 00:58)   image 6 images
On Tuesday Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway was handed two 3-month prison sentences for protesting against Shell's Corrib Gas Project. Throughout the week local residents have been protesting on the roads while many of their supporters are up in court in Belmullet, which so far has resulted in fines totalling 5,825 euro. ... read full story / add a comment
Occupy Shell
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday February 06, 2012 - 19:47 by Shelver   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Last weekend some members of the Irish Occupy camps came to stay at the Rossport Solidarity Camp. There was good numbers already on the camp for winter and so along with our fellow city based campers we numbered 25 – 30. We decided to try shut down Shell’s Aghoos tunnelling compound for the morning. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday January 16, 2012 - 18:02 by camper   text 2 comments (last - saturday january 28, 2012 - 19:12)   image 5 images
IRMS security hired by shell, occupying the State owned site yet again, demonstrated their lack of concern for health and safety. Outside police pushed protesters off the road, while one halted lorry driver expressed his intentions to police that he would clear the road by driving into protestors. Later spirits were high as police did not even attempt to clear the road when over 15 protesters lay down to block a lorry, which had to be diverted. Later the police returned and used brute force to push people off the road. They hospitalized one protestor.
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Campaigner climbing tree cutting machine
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday January 09, 2012 - 23:09 by TnT   text 3 comments (last - tuesday january 10, 2012 - 21:04)   image 9 images
Shell today began to cut down a Coillte plantation in the village of Leenamore, Co. Mayo. This surprise move marks the beginning of their attempts to prepare the 4km stretch of land between the Aughoose tunnelling compound and the Bellanaboy refinery. Despite a large Garda and private security presence, campaigners entered the tree felling area and halted work. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Saturday January 07, 2012 - 17:15 by C   text 5 comments (last - sunday february 19, 2012 - 00:24)   image 6 images
Yesterday saw the first disruption of Shell's work of the New Year with a quickly organised protest called for 10am outside Bellanaboy. Overall Shell's work yesterday was stopped for 2 hours and in a further protest today (Saturday), work was stopped for a further 2 & 1/2 hours. ... read full story / add a comment
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