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Horrified by #The Pipe and our Private Property

Brian McCarthy

9_CommunityPower.previewWatching The Pipe last night  I was horrified on two counts, one being I somehow had missed this unbelievable documentary previously and the second its my opinion being familiar with the amount of corruption that does take place here in Ireland, it just never ceases to amaze me in the cold light of day.

The hierarchy in the Justice Department yet again show  in a unique programme airing just one  truth about collusion, they and shamefully many others are not worthy of office. Ours collectively, the people of Ireland’s natural assets robbed and pillaged by the likes of the IMF and paving the way for their minions naming one of many Royal Dutch Shell who are streamlining our natural assets for pittance  amid licensing laws being ignored in addition to bribery allegations that are in the public domain and remain unanswered.

With a golden mile of expensive Garda resources in Rossport and at sea, taxpayers money wasted protecting the thieves on top of the great giveaway it beggars  belief what is going on in a tiny corner of Mayo that depicts Corporation Goliaths versus Irish Minnows. Protecting rights of the past, in the gift of the present  and future generations, where since 1973 when we joined the EEC we now have 4% left of our fishing rights.

Anywhere a fishery exists in freshwater there is a right to fish or a fishing right. This right is owned by someone, either a private individual or group such as an angling club or the State. The owner of the fishing rights can choose to make the fishing available for public use, either for the payment of a fee or free of charge of permit, this is sometimes referred to as ‘free fishing’ nonetheless it is still essentially ‘private property’. 


The Corrib gas field and Rossport in Co Mayo are among the thousand entries on the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, just published.
So many of the world’s conflicts are sparked by a grab for minerals, land, or forests by large multinationals, often with the assistance of government and all obviously current.

Ecological conflicts are increasing as the demand for minerals increases, but this is often to the detriment of poor, marginalised and indigenous communities, said Professor Joan Martinez- Alier, who led the team responsible for the Atlas and its amazing collection of information at

Posted Date: 
5 April 2014