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McCabe threat to injunct inquiry report

Michael Clifford - Irish Examiner

[Shell to Sea]  We salute the bravery and tenacity of Sergeant Maurice McCabe in trying to bring much needed reform to the Gardaí and Irish legal system. 

Sergeant Maurice McCabe threatened to bring a High Court action to injunct the O’Higgins report after receiving a draft copy that made no mention of the attempt to attribute to him a motive of malice for raising his concerns about garda malpractice.

The Irish Examiner revealed on Friday that counsel for the Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told Mr O’Higgins that evidence of a meeting between Sgt McCabe and two other officers would show that he was motived by malice.

When Sgt McCabe produced a tape recording of the meeting in question, the matter was dropped and the whole affair was not included in the final report.

Posted Date: 
18 May 2016

Shell Oil Spill Dumps Thousands Of Barrels Of Crude Into Gulf Of Mexico

Huffington Post

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said.

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said a 2 mile by 13 mile (about 3 km by 21 km) sheen was visible in the sea about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast.

About 88,200 gallons was reportedly released from the pipeline, the Coast Guard said, adding the source of the discharge was reported as secured.

The sheen is near Shell’s Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform, which sits in water with a depth of 2,900 feet (884 m).

Posted Date: 
15 May 2016

Press Release: Shell to Sea Spokesperson Jailed for €300 fine as Millions roll in for Corrib Gas

[Shell to Sea]  Maura Harrington has now been released. She appreciates the solidarity shown and sends her best wishes.

New Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - May 7th 2016 - For immediate release

Maura Harrington jailed as Vermillion earn $17million from first three months of Corrib Gas

Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington was arrested in Belmullet on Friday afternoon and  jailed for 10 days in Mountjoy prison for the non-payment of a court fine of E300.
It is thought that the jailing relates to a 2012 protest attempting to block construction of the disputed development.
Ms. Harrington has continuously opposed the Corrib gas project due to health and safety concerns, environmental damage and the giveaway of Ireland's natural resources to private corporations. [1]
The jailing comes on the same day as Vermillion Energy - who owns an 18.5% share in Corrib gas - released sales figures of $17million from Corrib from the first three months of 2016. [2] At this rate the Corrib partners - Shell, Statoil and Vermillion - stand to make sales of $7.35billion from Corrib over a 20 year field lifespan. [3]

Risteard Ó Domhnaill: From Corrib gas to a battle for the future of the Atlantic

Ian Maleney - Irish Times

Risteard Ó Domhnaill follows up his Corrib gas documentary with a remarkable new film about the political, economic and environmental threats to the Atlantic Ocean


‘It’s a story that hasn’t really been told. People don’t understand it.”

Still from Atlantic: Jerry Early, an Arranmore salmon fisherman whose livelihood was destroyed by a change in the law

Still from Atlantic: Jerry Early, an Arranmore salmon fisherman whose livelihood was destroyed by a change in the law


Risteard Ó Domhnaill, a filmmaker born and raised on the landlocked fields of Co Tipperary, is the first to admit that, for the average landlubber, it can be hard to picture the life of the sea, to get a sense of how the people who work it live their lives.

Ireland’s waters cover an area 10 times the size of our landmass and contain some of the richest fishing in Europe, but Ó Domhnaill contends that we continually “turn our back” on that valuable resource.

Posted Date: 
30 April 2016

Catch It While You Can

Jamie Goldrick -

Jamie Goldrick caught up with Risteard O Domhnaill to talk about his new film Atlantic He explains how the roots of this project started in Rossport while filming The Pipe, his experience with crowdfunding, and the struggles of finding broadcasters for politically sensitive issues.

To finance the film, you raised a substantial amount of cash through crowdfunding, would you be in a hurry to go this route again, do you see it as a sustainable way to make films?

It is very difficult, there is a lot of time involved, and we did very well. We put a good six weeks work into it, plus preparation. For the amount we wanted to raise, the best thing to do is to go get broadcast or film fund funding.

We raised €56,000 in total. I would go back to crowdfunding, but for smaller projects. For a lot of projects that have a political or investigative slant, the options are being squeezed more and more each year. There is less and less facilitation for telling contentious stories.

Posted Date: 
26 April 2016
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