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Press Release: Shell leaving Ireland after damaging State institutions with Corrib

-- Shell sells out and departs leaving a toxic legacy behind --

It was announced yesterday that Shell is planning to sell its 45% stake of the Corrib Gas project to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).


Shell to Sea today claimed that Shell caused considerable damage to all State institutions involved in the Corrib Gas project since their involvement began in 2002.

Some examples of the damage done to these State institutions:


  • Two former Shell sub-contractors with OSSL, have sworn in court that they delivered £25,000 of alcohol in 2007 (and other amounts in previously) to Gardaí involved in policing Corrib Gas protests at the request of Shell.[1]

Little surprise in north Mayo over Shell sale of Corrib share

Lorna Siggins

Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed sale of its major share in the Corrib gas field came as little surprise to residents in Erris, Co Mayo whose views are still divided on the multibillion euro project.

Posted Date: 
13 July 2017

Supreme Court rules Shell acted in contempt over Corrib land access

Mary Carolan - Irish Times

Court overturns High Court finding that Shell had access due to share in commonage

The Supreme Court has found Shell E & P Ireland was acting in civil contempt of court orders when, nine years ago, it entered on to commonage lands at Rossport located on the modified route for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline.

A three-judge Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned as “incorrect” a 2010 High Court finding that a November 2007 order of District Judge Mary Devins prohibiting Shell’s entry onto the commonage, except in accordance with the Gas Act 1976, did not prevent Shell entering on to the commonage after acquiring a 1/62nd share of the land.

Posted Date: 
14 June 2017

Security firm’s rescue plan costs the state €520,000

Gavin Daly - The Times

The Revenue Commissioners and Department of Social Protection are more than €520,000 out of pocket following an examinership rescue plan for Business Mobile Security Services (BMSS), a security company that worked at Shell’s Corrib gas pipeline project in Co Mayo.

IRMS assaulting campaigners on a public road in Mayo

Posted Date: 
30 April 2017

Ministers kept in the dark over British spy

Ellen Coyne - The Times

A secret report on a British police spy has revealed that the former garda commissioner refused to deny that he gave permission for an undercover UK officer to work in Ireland.

Martin Callinan defended “confidential” arrangements that the gardaí could have with British police that would allow undercover agents to spy in the Republic without the Irish government being informed.

Posted Date: 
14 April 2017
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