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mayo / environment / news report Monday August 09, 2010 - 14:38 by RSC   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 12, 2010 - 21:18)   image 5 images
Yesterday at about 2.30pm Shell began to lower "Jack - 1" - one of two survey barges currently in Sruth Fhada Chonn estuary SAC (Special Area of Protection) - in order to tug it to another part of the estuary.

The Rossport Solidarity Camp was ready and willing to claim free passage of the public estuary and in the process upset the operation. Over a dozen Shell security boats and two Garda RIBS couldn't keep the 6 kaykers out, with two of them reaching the moving barge after an hour and a half of chase.
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mayo / environment / news report Saturday July 31, 2010 - 23:14 by Stop Shell Hell in Mayo   text 1 comment (last - tuesday august 03, 2010 - 16:45)
On Wed 28th July a delegation of residents handed in their objections to An Bord Pleanála and Eamon Ryan regarding Shell's latest plan to put a raw gas pipeline close to homes and through the Special Protected Area (SPA) of Sruwaddacon estuary. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Friday July 30, 2010 - 17:35 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   image 6 images
10 people from the Rossport solidarity camp delayed Shell’s survey work for the dangerous and experimental Corrib gas pipeline yesterday. The campaigners waded out to one of the rigs drilling boreholes in the Sruwaddacon estuarythe rig at high tide, fixed rope around the legs of the rig, and occupied the space underneath it to prevent the being moved to a new site. Work was delayed for around two hours. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Monday July 26, 2010 - 18:30 by Cat   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 28, 2010 - 04:01)   image 1 image
Around 150 people came to Mayo's first street feast last weekend in Kilcommon Parish. ... read full story / add a comment
"Where have our natural resources gone?"
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday May 08, 2010 - 22:00 by Shell to Sea   image 3 images
A Shell to Sea protest took place this afternoon at the 'North-West Development Forum', held in Belmullet Co Mayo. While previous protests have highlighted that the narrow terms of reference of the forum exclude real debate on the Corrib Gas Project, today’s message was one of solidarity with imprisoned campaigners Pat O’Donnell and Niall Harnett. This was the first such forum since An Bord Pleanála deemed that over half of Shell’s proposed Corrib Gas Pipeline was unacceptable on health and safety grounds in February. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday May 05, 2010 - 19:26 by Eoin O L   text 3 comments (last - thursday july 29, 2010 - 14:41)   image 3 images   video 2 video files
On the 21st April in Ballina Circuit Court, Shell to Sea campaigner Niall Harnett was sentenced to 6 months in jail, for an assault on Garda Hugh Egan on Glengad beach. Defence barrister Leo Mulrooney summed it up, without correction from the judge, that the incident was “as close to a technical offence as possible”. Essentially Niall Harnett was found guilty of assault of a Garda for putting his hand on Garda Egan while Garda Egan was pulling out of a fellow protestor (myself), whose leg was caught on Shell’s illegally constructed fencing.
At a previous appeal sitting of the Circuit Court, Mr Harnett had been given 240 hours community service in lieu of the 6 month jail sentence, however he refused to do the community service, and so received the 6 months. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday April 28, 2010 - 15:35 by lynn   text 2 comments (last - friday april 30, 2010 - 11:54)
The courts have recently become a very hotly contested arena in the conflict over Shell's imposition of their unsafe project on Erris. Charges and prosecutions have been coming thick and fast over the last year and a half, but they seem to be more about persecuting campaigners than any concept of justice, and recent weeks have shown a clear bias in the policing of protest. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / other press Sunday April 25, 2010 - 13:31 by WMD   text 4 comments (last - monday april 26, 2010 - 19:54)   image 1 image
According to a notice issued by Eamon Ryan's Department of Transport, work is to re start shortly on the Corrib Pipeline. The notice gives a rough outline of plans to survey the estuary, but makes no mention of Shell/Garda security compounds, increased garda and navy presence, dodgy security guards with cameras, and articles in the O'Reily press saying "we need the gas".

Maybe that's a different department... ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday April 22, 2010 - 18:12 by Shell to Sea   text 2 comments (last - saturday april 24, 2010 - 21:02)
Niall Harnett was today (Wednesday) sentenced to six months in Castlerea prison at Ballina Circuit court, for protests against Shell's proposed experimental pipeline. Mr Harnett had a sentence of six months imposed after refusing to undertake satisfactory community service. The sentence was in relation to a 'Reclaim the Beach' protest in the summer of 2008 where Mr Harnett went to the aid of another protestor who was being assaulted by Gardai. He also had a five month sentence confirmed by the court – these sentences will be served concurrently. Mr Harnett further had a two year driving ban affirmed. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday April 14, 2010 - 16:47 by Community of Kilcommon   text 4 comments (last - friday april 16, 2010 - 09:55)   image 2 images
---Corrib project has been imposed through 'harassment' of the local community---

409 letters have been delivered from members of the community of Kilcommon to Shell's Belmullet offices today Monday. The letter outlines their refusal to meet with representatives of the company while Pat O'Donnell remains in jail and the imposition of the Corrib gas project continues without community consent. The letters detail a large number of grievances that the local community have with the imposition of the project, and state that people are refusing to meet with Shell while what “effectively amounts to ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassement” continues in the area.

The letters dismiss as hollow Shell's proposed 'consultation', in the context of the fact that the current and previous Managing Directors of the company have publicly stated that the project will not be changed in any way in response to community concerns. ... read full story / add a comment
Watching them watching us back in June
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday April 01, 2010 - 08:21 by Andrew N Flood   text 12 comments (last - tuesday april 27, 2010 - 15:42)   image 1 image
Around the time of the visit of Shell’s pipe-laying ship the Solitaire in June it became clear that the Gardai had been told that they could do anything to remove Shell to Sea campaigners from the scene and they would be looked after. Rulings from the district court, in particular the denial of bail to 7 campaigners charged with the most minor of public order offences removed people with vital water skills from the area by interning them in Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons. Local fisherman Pat O’Donnell had one of his boat sunk from under him when four masked men boarded the boat in the middle of the night and held Pat and the other crew member at gun point while they sabotaged the boat leading to its sinking. When Pat took to sea in another boat as the Solitaire arrived he was arrested under the Public Order Act for loitering and once more sent to prison leaving the way clear for the Solitaire. ... read full story / add a comment
Criminalising of community continues....
mayo / environment / news report Sunday March 21, 2010 - 15:11 by Rudiger   text 4 comments (last - tuesday march 23, 2010 - 14:33)   image 1 image
Next week 27 people will face hearing in court in relation to protesting against the Shell's inland refinery and experimental pipeline. A week has been put aside in Belmullet District as a Shell to Sea "special sitting" but as Judge Devins said when putting some in some people for hearing dates, “no preduice can be seen because of its being put into the special sitting”. ... read full story / add a comment
Pat's wife Mary O'Donnell with daughters Aisling and Rachel.
mayo / environment / feature Monday March 01, 2010 - 14:45 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 43 comments (last - thursday april 29, 2010 - 14:31)   image 26 images
100 cars gathered today at noon in the fishing village of Porturlin, Pat O'Donnell's home, for a rally to Ballyglass pier on the Mullet peninsula in support of 'the Chief' who has been in Castlerea prison since 10th February.

The cavalcade travelled from Porturlin, out by Rossport, over to Glengad, up by Bellanaboy, into Belmullet and out to Ballyglass pier. ... read full story / add a comment
Meet IRMS - at the Shell compound in June this year - after the events in Bolivia
mayo / environment / news report Friday November 20, 2009 - 16:29 by Andrew   text 7 comments (last - saturday november 21, 2009 - 23:08)   image 2 images
A leader of the Bolivian Confederation of Peasant Workers (CSUTCB) is in Ireland this weekend to visit the local people who continue to resist Shell's experimental gas pipeline in Rossport and to demand that the Irish government investigate the role of Shell's security company IRMS in the attempt to start a civil war in Bolivia. Meanwhile in the wake of the An Bord Planala decision Shell's dangerous experimental pipe has been exposed as just that and many people are starting to question the wisdom of giving the energy corporations 420 billion of oil and gas for next to nothing.
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mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 02:52 by JM   text 1 comment (last - thursday october 22, 2009 - 08:54)   1 attached file
Corrib onshore gas pipeline application (An Bord Pleanala ref. 16 GA 0004, 16 DA 0004)

19th May – 25th June 2009

Produced by Pobal Chill Chomain
July 2009

The attached document comprises the majority of questioning put to the applicant (Shell E&P Ireland Ltd) by An Bord Pleanala, and includes a summary of the verbal responses given (NOTE: questions from Thursday June 11th not included).

This text is compiled from handwritten notes and should be read only as a guide to the hearing, in conjunction with the application particulars, Environmental Impact Statement, accompanying drawings and the various Briefs of Evidence and supplementary documents. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Monday October 19, 2009 - 22:07 by An Bord Pleanála   text 13 comments (last - thursday october 29, 2009 - 00:04)   image 1 image
An Bord Pleanála announces its decison today to grant planning permission with revised conditions to Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL) for the construction of an onshore gas pipeline in Mayo. ... read full story / add a comment
Shell move into Aughoose
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday October 13, 2009 - 22:38 by Shelver   text 1 comment (last - wednesday october 14, 2009 - 00:09)   image 3 images
Shell have begun work on the route of the onshore Corrib gas pipeline, without waiting for the verdict of the oral hearing into the application, which is due later this month. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday September 30, 2009 - 01:12 by Niall Harnett   text 1 comment (last - wednesday september 30, 2009 - 12:28)   image 2 images
On Monday 28th September 2009, 18 Shell to Sea campaigners with strong links to the Rossport Solidarity Camp appeared at a special sitting of Belmullet District Court to answer charges relating to protests staged on land and at sea in May and June of this year at the Shell site, Glengad.

Six of the cases were adjourned to November 11th because of High Court proceedings initiated by those six, to have charges withdrawn. One other case was withdrawn by the state. One individual was convicted and fined, another plead guilty and had the charge struck out. Seven others had the charges against them dismissed. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday August 18, 2009 - 15:30 by Optimist   text 2 comments (last - wednesday august 19, 2009 - 14:27)
Shell has published a public notice as part of its application for a Foreshore Licence in respect of the revised Corrib Gas pipeline route in the Examiner 18th August 2009, p.33. Public submissions are allowable for a period of 2 months from this date. ... read full story / add a comment
Niall with friends and family at Cloverhill Courthouse.
mayo / environment / feature Monday August 17, 2009 - 20:20 by Carol Weafer   text 26 comments (last - saturday august 29, 2009 - 18:22)   image 1 image
Niall Harnett has been released from custody following confusing circumstances involving a temporary release of sorts last Friday 14th and a withdrawn 'mute' application at the High Court in Cloverhill today Monday 17th August. ... read full story / add a comment
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