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April 2010

Shell ina phríomh- urraitheoir do Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Bhí sé mar céad scéal ar nuacht TG4 aréir go bhfuil Shell chun beith ina phríomh-urraitheoir do Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta i mbliana. Bhí agallamh le Maura Harrington agus ceann fresin le Denise Horan ó Shell.  Tá an comórtas ar siúl on 4ú go dtí 7ú Meitheamh i Béal an Mhuirthead.

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Policing the Shell to Sea campaign

Vicky Conway (Law Lecturer in Queen’s University) - Human Rights in Ireland

I’ve blogged previously about the policing of the Shell to Sea Campaign but a number of developments of late are worth noting. Last week 9 activitists were in court on charges of public order but had the charges struck out as the court held that they had been unlawfully held for 27 hours in Garda custody before being brought before a judge.

Shell and the Fisherman

Miriam Cotton - ZNet/ Village Magazine

I defy anyone to go to Erris, County Mayo and spend time with the local people there without finding that the place eventually gets into your soul. Though it seems at first to be a strange, even bleak landscape to those unfamiliar with it, the extensive peatland with all the colour of its extraordinary plant life, the surrounding mountains and the superb Atlantic coastline all conspire to draw you in.   Driving along the road through the small town of Bangor on the Belmullet road, the atmosphere is palpable.   Here a community of people had been attending to what is still in some respects a remote and unique way of life in undisturbed peace and quiet until the arrival in their midst of the giant oil and gas conglomerate, Royal Dutch Shell. Shell were invited in by the Irish government with all the decorum of a gangster’s moll (if the comparison is not offensive to gangster's molls) for the purpose of building a gas refinery and exporting gas reserves that hitherto had been the property of the Irish people until the rights to it were sold in secret by a government politician, Ray Burke, who was subsequently jailed on unrelated corruption charges.

New gas route ‘irresponsible’, Shell warned

Marian Harrison - Western People

 SHELL’S plans to route the gas pipeline through Sruwaddacon Bay is as “irresponsible” as its previous route selection, according to community group Pobal Chill Chomáin.

The multinational’s own consultants, RPS, rejected the notion of piping the gas through the bay two years ago on environmental grounds as it would adversely affect areas covered by the EU habitats directive but plans are now being drawn up to locate the controversial, high-pressure pipeline in the bay.

Sinn Féin demand ‘The Chief’ be freed from prison

 SINN Féin has called for the release of Shell to Sea’s Pat O’Donnell from prison, describing him as a “principled man” who has genuine concerns about the Corrib gas project, writes Marian Harrison.

Mayo councillors Gerry Murray, Rose Conway Walsh and Thérése Ruane and TD Martin Ferris visited the Rossport fisherman in Castlerea Prison last week.

The group said there was “no useful purpose” served by the detention of Mr O’Donnell and called for his immediate release.

Shell to Sea raise awareness at two teachers conferences in Galway

Maura Harrington - Indymedia

It is becoming clear to more and more people that this government nationalises the liabilities of their friends yet continues to privatise the natural resources of the state.

Shell to Sea activists from Galway and Mayo have spent a productive two days at both the INTO and ASTI conferences which are taking place in Galway this week.

We have plenty to get angry about

Irish Post

THE COVERAGE of the Passport Office industrial dispute here in Ireland was nothing short of a summary of our times.

Of course other disputes that are integral to the workings of this Republic of ours are not deemed worthy of coverage.

So the dispute in Mayo over the Shell pipeline is given cursory coverage in the general media and salacious, biasladen coverage by certain journalists whose motivation seems to be strangely in line with that of the multi-nationals.

Sinn Féin criticises bail out of banks at Easter ceremony

Anton McNulty - Mayo News

 THE decision to provide a €80 billion bail-out to Anglo Irish Bank while budgets for local hospitals were being cut is indicative of where the interest of the current government lies according to a Sinn Féin councillor.
Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh (pictured) made her comments at the annual Achill Sinn Féin Easter Commemoration at the Fr Manus Sweeney Memorial on Easter Sunday, where MLA, Mitchel McLaughlin was the special guest speaker.

Merthyr to Mayo Solidarity Cycle

Across the planet, in the places where fossil fuels are sourced, people are resisting new energy developments.

Communities are standing together to defend their homes, health, land and water, and our shared planet… This is localised resistance with huge global significance….

From the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the woods of Mainshill, Scotland….

from the rivers and plains of the Niger Delta to the Amazon jungles of Peru….

and from the valleys of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales to the Northwest coast of Mayo, Ireland…

The Merthyr to Mayo cycle caravan will spend two weeks travelling between Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and Rossport, Ireland: two community struggles resisting fossil fuel extraction in their areas.

The time we spend in these communities will provide an opportunity to learn from one another, to share stories and to explore our areas of commonality; we will look at how we can work in solidarity with each other.

Eire we go again



The Irish state’s determined persecution of protesters against Shell’s experimental pipeline started to unravel last week as 25 of the 27 standing trial had their cases withdrawn or dismissed.

They did however manage to stitch up campaigner Niall Harnett, who received three five-month sentences after being roughed up by Gardai in a court building. In a farcical turn of events, after failing in the prosecution of a Gardai for assault, they then prosecuted Niall.