"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',"
Thursday the 19th April work was held up at the Shell Glengad and Aughoose compounds by a truck occupation.
Rossport solidarity campers and locals blocked trucks on the haulage route from the Bellanaboy refinery and then someone climbed up on top of a Walsh’s liquid container truck. They stayed up there for an hour whilst gardaí milled around helpless on the road below, before picking a moment and making a break for it across the fields. No-one was arrested.
Shell are still years away from pumping gas by their own schedule, and every truck delayed pushes this back further.
Meanwhile pixies pulled up stakes marking the route of the yet-to-be-laid onshore pipeline.