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March 2014

Protest in support of whistleblowers in Mullingar

By: 
RTE

A crowd of 150 people have protested outside Mullingar Garda Station in Co Westmeath in support of garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

Members of Justice for All, the Shell to Sea as well as individuals from all over the country were at the protest.

Whistleblower, retired garda, John Wilson was also at the protest.
 
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Posted Date: 
7 March 2014

Report on terms of off-shore exploration due by end of April

By: 
Éanna Ó Caollaí - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea] The Dept of Energy opted for Wood McKenzie rather than Shell to Sea, who also submitted a free tender for the process [See here].  Wood McKenzie have a long history of involvement in the Corrib Gas Project since at least 1998 and have been previously employed by both Enterprise Oil and Shell.  It seems that the Dept of Energy want to back hear back advice, supporting the policy they are already pushing.

Posted Date: 
6 March 2014

International experts Wood Mackenzie selected to advise on oil and gas exploration tax terms

By: 
Dept of Energy - Press Release

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte T.D., today announced that his Department has, following a public procurement process, selected international oil and gas experts Wood Mackenzie to advise on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s current oil and gas fiscal terms.

Minister Rabbitte stated “Ireland’s offshore whilst holding great promise is relatively underexplored with only four commercial gas finds and no commercial oil finds to date. The last commercial discovery was almost two decades ago with the discovery of the Corrib Field.

Posted Date: 
6 March 2014

New source of gas won't cut bills for consumers

By: 
Paul Melia - Irish Independent

HOMEOWNERS and businesses are unlikely to see any drop in their gas bills even if fracking goes ahead and shale gas is brought to the surface.

Bord Gais energy trader John Heffernan said that despite having an indigenous supply of natural gas, prices were unlikely to drop because the developers would probably sell to international markets, and not directly supply customers here.

Posted Date: 
4 March 2014

Hobbs turns his fire on oil industry with campaign to maximise returns

By: 
Vincent Ryan - Irish Examiner

Eddie Hobbs has picked his latest target, the oil industry, and is planning on putting a movement together to try and change Ireland’s attitude to offshore oil and gas.

Posted Date: 
4 March 2014

Wake up, Ireland: multinationals are set to give us very little for our own oil

By: 
Eddie Hobbs - Sunday Independent

A new book highlights the State's reckless policy on Ireland's natural resources, writes Eddie Hobbs

'GODDAMMIT we're being misinformed, misled and exploited – all over again.' Words to that effect summed up my own moment of epiphany in the autumn of 2012. The thought that Ireland, whose undersea territory extends nearly half way across the North Atlantic, nearly eight times our land territory, was set up to be exploited for its economic rent – the excess value over and above normal profits – seemed impossible to swallow. We are, after all, a first world country, part of the EU and not some third world dictatorship.

I'd assumed that the occasional grumbling about our offshore oil and gas potential was generated by a dolly mixture of extremists, lefties and planet-before-people types who grasped little about economics, business and risk-taking. It was uninformed. It was wrong. It was arrogant. It was also part of the learned helplessness in the ether here when it comes to matters of the people versus the State. Challenged to read deeply into the subject, I now see industry and government PR for what it is; a legacy of betrayal, callowness and servitude where the owners of the endowment are indoctrinated, by their trustee, with the idea that they're getting a great favour afforded to them – that anyone arriving into Dublin on a corporate jet prepared to sink money into holes offshore should be rewarded with the most generous giveaway pricing model in the world.

Posted Date: 
3 March 2014

Gardaí, GSOC, ‘whistleblower reprisal’, Corrib Gas and the ‘rape tape’

By: 
IrishOilAndGas.com

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s first contact with a TD came about because he saw Clare Daly TD on ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ talking about policing of Corrib Gas protests, writes William Hederman

The repercussions for Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson will be familiar to others who have publicly embarrassed An Garda Síochána. They were clearly acting in the public interest, but their revelations brought the force into disrepute, and the two men suffered as a result. Revenge was exacted – not only by colleagues, but also by way of public denunciation by the Garda Commissioner (“disgusting”), the Minister for Justice (“not co-operating”) and by various other parties loyal to the force.

Posted Date: 
3 March 2014

Shell Corrib Gas 12 years behind schedule and four times over budget

By: 
John Donovan - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

Extract from an article by Nick Webb published Sunday 02 March 2014 by Independent.ie

Posted Date: 
3 March 2014