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January 2011

RTE have opened a blog following last nights primetime.


Corrib on Primetime

A 10 minute section of "The Pipe" was shown on Primetime last night followed by interviews with Risteard O Domhnaill and Lorna Siggins

Watch the clip here:    or

Time to take the tough decisions on oil and gas

Fintan O'Toole - Irish Times

WE’VE just been through a year when the unthinkable became normal. The problem is that all the unthinkables have been bad: the nationalisation of the banks and their debts, the arrival of the IMF and so on. Is it not time to consider another unthinkable that would be of potentially transformative significance – taking back control of our offshore resources.

Ray Burke being led away to begin a 6 month jail term for corruption in 2005. In 1987 he was the Minister for Energy that drew up the current oil & gas terms.

Oil billions at stake as UN examines British claims to Rockall

Owen Bowcott - The Guardian

Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Iceland battle over Atlantic outcrop sitting on lucrative oil and gasfields

Rockall UN oilfields


British claims to ownership of Rockall – the isolated Atlantic outcrop jutting out of a potentially vast and lucrative oilfield around 240 miles west of Scotland – is to be examined within weeks by the UN.

Ahern criticised for not responding to council motion on sinking of boat

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

A FORMER Galway mayor has criticised Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern for failing to respond to an all-party motion calling for an inquiry into a controversial boat sinking in north Mayo.

The motion called for a public inquiry into the sinking of the Iona Isle, owned by Erris fisherman and Shell to Sea supporter Pat O’Donnell in Broadhaven Bay in June 2009.

Independent Galway City Councillor Catherine Connolly said yesterday she was “very disappointed” at Mr Ahern’s response to the motion passed by Galway City Council last March.

Rig owner refuses to honor oil spill subpoenas

Harry R. Weber - Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS – The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board that has challenged the company's involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster.

Shell chiefs ‘believe gas stock could be massive’

Scott Millar - Irish Examiner

EXECUTIVES at multinational energy company Shell believe the Irish state could be in possession of massive gas resources off the west coast, "up to 20 times" the scale of the already discovered Corrib field.

A confidential US embassy cable leaked by the Wikileaks site reports that Julian Cetti, Shell Ireland’s head of commercial and business strategy, said the highly lucrative Corrib gas field and another development planned by the US firm Hess in the Shannon area would be enough to meet domestic gas demands for many years.

Maura Harrington on First Voices Indigenous Radio

Listen to Maura Harrington speak on First Voices Indigenous Radio.  The interview starts about 10 minutes into the show and runs for approx 20min