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Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This is one of the longest running police operations in the history of the Irish state and has drawn critical attention from national and international human rights organisations1 since 2006 over the alleged violence and intimidation used by Gardaí against campaigners.

In 2007, campaigners submitted complaints en masse against the Gardaí to the newly established Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Out of the 111 complaints received by GSOC between May 2007 and November 2009, 78 were deemed admissible and 7 sent to the DPP. The DPP rejected prosecution in all 7 cases. The majority of campaigners have since stopped submitting complaints to GSOC. In 2010, complaints from 400 Kilcommon residents were submitted to Shell’s Belmullet office detailing the “escalating physical and psychological harassment” continuing in the area. In 2012, residents again submitted a mass complaint, this time to Mayo County Council, outlining serious grievances arising out of the project, including experiences of private security and state policing, with no result. Any inquiry into the policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project cannot ignore the following extract from the minutes of the Shell Committee of Managing Directors meeting held in London 22/23 July 2002:"It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland”.2

 

Posted Date: 
16 June 2014

Irish Oil & Gas summit disrupted by campaigners

On the 4th of June, the Irish Oil & Gas summit took place in Dublin. A small group of campaigners entered the €2000 per head event to make it clear to the assembled oil executives that there will be resistance to their plans for extracting oil & gas in Ireland.

More details on the protest can be read here: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/protest-2nd-annual-oil-and-gas-summit

Posted Date: 
11 June 2014

Mick Wallace highlighting Corrib in Dáil discussion on Garda Reform

By: 
Mick Wallace - TD

[Shell to Sea]  Mick Wallace finished his speech to the Dáil on his submission to the Garda Amendment Bill 2014 saying "The citizen has a right to protest peacefully, but that is not what happened at Rossport, where democracy was suspended to facilitate the interests of Shell. Civil liberties were eroded, and repression, criminality and a lack of accountability became the order of the day. The people of Corrib deserve justice. The people of Ireland also deserve justice.

I wish the Minister the very best in trying to bring us the police force we need. I have no doubt that it will not be easy but where there is a will there is a way. We can introduce all the legislation we like, but without the political will to make it happen, nothing will change"

The Dail discussion from the 27th May on the Garda Amendment Bill 2014 can be read in here: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpac...

Posted Date: 
28 May 2014

Maker of 'The Pipe' raising money for new documentary

By: 
TodayFm.com
Show: The Last Word with Matt Cooper

Acclaimed documentary-maker Richie O'Donnell is making a new documentary 'Atlantic' which follows the fortunes of three struggling fishing communities

Link to the FundIT campaign: http://fundit.ie/project/atlantic

Posted Date: 
22 May 2014

Oil and gas are our most precious resources

By: 
Ann Cahill - Irish Examiner

Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill looks at a documentary that explores Ireland’s oil and gas resources that claims the Government is being careless with the country’s precious stocks.

 

IRELAND is traditionally careless with its natural resources — gifting about €1bn worth of fish a year to other EU countries — and is making the same mistakes with oil and gas, according to new film Atlantic.

The documentary asks why Ireland’s original Norwegian-style gas and oil policy was dismantled by previous governments with a US government report finding that Ireland had the second lowest tax take of 142 countries studied.

Posted Date: 
12 May 2014
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