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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:

Posted Date: 
11 June 2014

Mick Wallace highlighting Corrib in Dáil discussion on Garda Reform

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:

Posted Date: 
28 May 2014

Maker of 'The Pipe' raising money for new documentary

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:

Posted Date: 
22 May 2014

Oil and gas are our most precious resources

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

Shatter gave no aid over McCabe death threat

Mary Regan - Irish Examiner

The wife of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe said she got no help from Alan Shatter when she wrote to him about a death threat against her family.

Lorraine McCabe wrote to Mr Shatter on April 6, 2011, around six months after her husband first made a complaint to his bosses involving around 40 cases of malpractice and corruption.

She told the minister she wanted to make a complaint against Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne, to whom her husband had presented his complaints.

She said wrongdoing had been covered up and hidden and described the “hurt, stress, annoyance, severe damage, and sheer hell on our family and family life”.

According to the report by barrister Seán Guerin, Mrs McCabe “said that they had recently received a death threat from a certain member of the force, but that she would not let her husband report it because she was afraid of the repercussions. She asked the minister for help.”

Mrs McCabe’s letter to the minister was prompted by an incident in Mayo, when a tape emerged of a garda telling a protester at the Corrib gas pipeline to “give me your name and address or I’ll rape you”.

She told the minister she was disgusted by the conduct of gardaí involved but that her husband had encountered similar but worse conduct by gardaí in Cavan.

Posted Date: 
10 May 2014
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