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July 2010

Pat O'Donnells Release

DD - Indymedia

After serving the full five and a half months of his sentence local fisherman Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell was released from Castlerea Prison on July 17th.

Meanwhile Shell have started work on the pipeline through Sruwaddacon Bay without formal planning permission.

Beat the Boreholes continues!!!

Rossport Solidarity Camp

Beat the Boreholes continued yesterday with a walk on the strands of the estuary in the evening and leisurely paddle out earlier in the afternoon.

Street festival greets Shell to Sea's 'Chief' on release

Marian Harrison - Western People

'The real criminals are walking the streets.  By that I mean the bankers, the developers and the politicians.'

There were celebrations in the village of Pullathomas at the weekend after Shell to Sea's longest-serving prisoner was released from jail.

Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell has spent 158 days of a seven-month sentence in Castlerea Prison for public order offences committed during protests against the Corrib gas project.

Shell protester put 'life above private property'

Western People

A Dublin-based campaigner against the Corrib Gas project has told a court hearing in Belmullet that a desire to "protect life" prompted him to commit a number of public order offences.

Eoin Lawless, 10 Charlestown Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11, claimed he had reasonable excuse to climb onto the cab of a moving truck working on the project because he "put life above private property".  The defendant pleaded not guilty to charges of willful obstruction, failing to comply with a direction of a garda and breach of the peace on June 10 last.

Corrib gas to be delayed by three years

Marian Harrison - Western People

THE Corrib gas project has been delayed by at least another three years with gas now not expected to be brought ashore before 2013 at the earliest.

The Western People has learned that Shell’s tunnel through Sruwaddacon Bay will take up to two years to construct. The tunnel is a key component in the revised plans submitted by the exploration company to An Bord Pleanála in response to concerns about the safety of its preferred pipeline route from the landfall at Glengad to the terminal at Bellanaboy.

The Pipe - Agallamh le BBC Radio Uladh

BBC Radio Uladh

Agallamh BBC Radio Uladh le stiúrthóir Risteard Ó Domhnaill faoin scannáin 'The Pipe' ag 05:00:

Full steam ahead for fisherman ‘The Chief’

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

CORRIB gas protestor and Erris fisherman, Pat O’Donnell has revealed his prison term proved ‘to be traumatic for his wife, his children and his 91-year-old mother, Mary O’Donnell’.
However, Mr O’Donnell, known locally as The Chief, told The Mayo News yesterday he will continue to oppose the controversial project.
“The project is wrong and when something is wrong you have to stand up against it. After a holiday with my wife, Mary, I will be back out fishing in Broadhaven Bay in a few weeks time,” O’Donnell said.

Sligo Support for 'Shell to Sea' Jailed Activist


Sligo supporters were among the large numbers gathered on Saturday for a rally outside Castlerea prison in County Roscommon to celebrate the release of jailed Shell to Sea and Human Rights activist Pat 'the chief' O'Donnell.

‘The Pipe’ wins best documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh

The Pipe the film

The Pipe premiered to two full houses at the Galway Film Fleadh last Thursday, 8th July. It got an incredible reception, scooping the award for best documentary.