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An Bord Pleanála and The Garda Ombudsman criticise Shell and the Gardaí respectively

Michael McCaughan - Village Magazine

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has rejected the proposed route for the Corrib pipeline as “unacceptable” on safety grounds. The ruling was unequivocal: houses along the route were “within the hazard range of the pipeline should a failure occur”, while “design documentation” and “risk assessment” fail to “present a complete, transparent and adequate demonstration that the pipeline does not pose an unacceptable risk to the public”. The decision also noted the Shell failed to include part of the onshore pipeline route in its application. The ruling vindicated a ten-year campaign which has seen local residents become experts on complex, technical aspects of gas production, while they also learnt a thing or two about state persecution and political treachery.

While An Bord Pleanála's statement clearly dismissed the project in its current form, it also contained a disturbing conclusion, that “provisionally” the board would “approve the proposed onshore pipeline development should certain 'alterations' be made”.

Shell must respond by February 2010 but their options are limited as the company has already discounted alternative routes on financial and environmental grounds.

Human rights group calls for suspension of Corrib gas project

Mayo Advertiser

Human rights organisation Afri is calling for a suspension of all work on the Corrib gas project pending an independent and comprehensive investigation of its safety, human rights, economic and environmental dimensions. Afri is asking people to sign a petition to that effect, which will be delivered to the government next month. The petition was launched by former UN assistant secretary-general Denis Halliday this week.

Dennis Halliday, Benny McCabe & Andy Storey (Photo - Michael Gallagher -

Sign the petition online here:

In Memory of Val Dazzle, who has passed away.

Shell to Sea

Val Jones from London and the UK Rising Tide organisation, better known as Val Dazzle to her friends and colleagues, died on Tuesday 5th January from Motor Neurone Disease after a long and difficult battle with the illness. Val lit a big spark in the UK and ignited a passion there for the Rossport struggle. She was 60 years young.

Funeral Arrangements.
Val's remains will be buried on Thursday 21st January at St. Pancras Cemetery, High Road, E. Finchley, London N2 9AG, following a celebration of her life at the St Pancras Cemetery Chapel, at 1.30pm.
No flowers please.. Donations, if desired, to Motor Neurone Disease Research.

Gardaí acted with impunity at Corrib site, says ex-garda

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

A FORMER garda and human rights observer has said Garda handling of the Corrib gas project security had been an “anathema to the spirit of community policing”.

Benny McCabe, a former Garda sergeant, was responding yesterday to comments made by the former head of the Garda Mayo division, retired chief superintendent Tony McNamara.

The retired chief superintendent said in an Irish Times interview earlier this week that he believed the force had handled the Corrib gas situation far better than counterparts in Denmark during the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The wolf and the little pigs

Long time ago, a Wolf arrived

In a land nobody knew.

A place of beauty, peace and calm

With sea and skies so blue.

He looked around and saw  his prize

He would take it, without doubt,

The pigs to whom the land belonged

Would concede without a shout.

The wolf looked at the little pigs

With evil in his eyes

"You will make a tasty meal for me,

This is a nice surprise!"

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