“If the state isn't going to carry out its moral duty to protect the people of Erris, then it falls on the ordinary people of Ireland to stand up for themselves. It's all very well being vindicated but we're still left fighting this monument to political corruption. This is just the latest deal in the whole Corrib project done behind closed doors that ends up betraying a local community which has been fighting this unwanted development for over ten years.”
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.