Skip to main content

Royal Dutch Shell receives a frosty reception

Harriet Dennys - The Telegraph

First the Antarctic, now Ireland. The list of countries where Royal Dutch Shell receives a frosty reception continues to lengthen.

The energy major has been told that its sponsorship money for the Emerald Isle’s biggest folk festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo, is no longer acceptable, after eco-campaigners kicked up a storm.

“To avoid any unnecessary distractions on the eve of the festival, we have respectfully decided to return the financial support received from Shell,” said organisers ahead of this week’s event, rather piously.

Poor old Shell is over a barrel because of controversy over its major project to develop the Corrib gas field off the north Mayo coast.

Funnily enough, the fact that RPS Group, the energy consultant that designed the Corrib pipeline, is also one of the Fleadh’s financial backers doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Posted Date: 
14 August 2014