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All Shell to Sea prisoners now released

Just to let everyone know that there is currently noone from the campaign in prison . 

Pat O Donnell, Martin McDonnell and Gary Bohan were released from Castlerea prison last night (Thursday 17th December) pending an appeal of their conviction for obstruction of Gardaí.

Maura Harrington was released from Mountjoy on Monday (14th December) pending her appeal, after spending the weekend in prison after she was convicted of criminal damage to Shell nets in Glengad that were put up to prevent sandmartins nesting in the area.

Press Release: Criminalisation of protest continues with sentencing to prison of three men

Today in Castlebar District Court, Pat O'Donnell, Martin McDonnell and Gary Bohan were given three 6-month prison sentences each (to be served concurrently) in relation to a protest in support of Maura Harrington, who was on hunger strike at the time. This continues a policy of criminalisation of the community for their protests against the imposition of this untreated high pressure pipeline on their area. 10 people have now been given prison sentences for their opposition to Shell. All three were released with leave to appeal on a bond.


Press Release: Maura Harrington jailed for nine months for causing €160 damage to Shell net

Yesterday in Belmullet District Court, Maura Harrington was sentenced to nine months in prison by Judge Gerard Haughton in relation to cutting a net beside Shell's compound at Glengad. The damage to the net amounted to just 160 euro, and took place in an area that An Bord Pleanala have since stated does not have planning permission. This sentence was initially suspended, but was activated when Ms. Harrington refused to sign a bond binding her to the peace, thereby restricting her right to protest against Shell.


Budget 2010 - 'A Fair Deal For Ireland'?

Mick -

Next Wednesday Ireland will learn the outcome of one of the most important budgets in decades, and it won’t be pretty.

The talk will be about €4 billion of cuts and €72 billion of national debt, so what about the €420+ billion worth of natural resources off the west coast of Ireland – isn’t that worth another look.


Because those resources are going to an oil company in what’s described as one of the biggest giveaways in history…

  • There are a series of gas and oil fields extending along the west coast of Ireland
  • These include the Dunquin, Porcupine and Corrib fields
  • The combined value is somewhere between €420 – €540 billion
  • The value of the Corrib is somewhere between €10 – €50 billion

Shell to Sea will be one of the groups protesting outside the Dail next week, and they have a point. Shell hope to be pumping Corrib gas by the end of 2010 / start of 2011. Ireland will still be suffering from the recession and seeking ways out of debt.

Keep Out of Prison

Keep Out of Prison
“Keep out of prison” he wrote
“Don’t get arrested anymore”
But while the land is ravaged
And our pure air poisoned
When streams choke with pollution
Silence would be treason
Punishable by a term in prison

                                                      Ken Saro Wiwa


This week, 25 people will appear in court in connection with charges relating to their opposition to the Corrib Gas Project.  The courts are on Monday, 7th, Tuesday, 8th, Wednesday, 9th, Thursday, 10th of December in Belmullet District Court and in Ballina District Court on Tuesday 8th.  On the 16th December, 3 more local people will appear before the District Court in Castlebar.

This is part of the new Erris News, which is available on the Leaflets page here.


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