"That was the first time Ireland tested out the state – corporate nexus. What they were doing was very simple. They were sorting out their template here in Rossport. The line is: 'go in hard',"
Anti-Corrib Gas Shell to Sea protesters invaded the offices of Mayo County Council yesterday and disrupted the annual general meeting of the authority for almost three-quarters of an hour by playing a high-pitched noise on a tape recorder.
The protesters said the noise was a recording of what they said they had to endure over the bank holiday weekend in the Glengad/Pollathomas area as Corrib Gas developers Shell EP Ireland carried out test work.
Gardaí were called and maintained a watch on the proceedings but there was no attempt to remove the protesters from the packed chamber and there were no arrests. The Shell to Sea protest group, which included prominent activist Maura Harrington, left Áras an Chontae after about an hour.