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Donal O Kelly on RTE Radio speaking about Ailliliú Fionnuala


Listen to Donal O Kelly talk on RTE arts show Arena about his show Ailliliú Fionnuala

The show can be heard here:

Upcoming shows are in Sligo, Manorhamilton and Maynooth - details here:

Posted Date: 
31 January 2013

Dedicated to our comrade & great friend Niall Harnett.

Tracey Ryan - “Niall always stood up for what he believed in. He was strong and brave and one of the most stubborn people I ever met. He never did what he was told, he always did things on his own terms and we loved him for that. He put his heart and soul into everything he did from opposing the war in Iraq to the struggle against Shell in Mayo.”

Maura Harrington - “He was a passionate environmentalist and musician and I think he moved to Mayo in 2007 or 2008. A defining characteristic of Niall’s for me was his huge research into the law and his sincere willingness to rely on it, which did not always mean he received justice,

Posted Date: 
25 January 2013

Giving away family silver or reaping a bonanza?

John Hearne - Irish Examiner

Irish onshore and offshore oil and gas reserves could be worth more than €2tn, writes John Hearne

LAST year saw a renewed focus on the possibility of Irish economic salvation lying beneath the rocks in our territorial waters.

About 1.8bn barrels of oil were discovered at Barryroe off the coast of Cork in October. A month later, Petrel Resources said it found a further 1bn barrels in the South Porcupine Basin off the Kerry coast.

Tests show the possibility of a sizeable deposit at the Exxon Mobil-operated Dunquin field off the south-west coast, while Providence Resources, the company that is leading this new flurry of exploration, has been granted a license to drill an exploratory well 10km off Dalkey in south Co Dublin.

The fact that there’s oil in them there seas is nothing new. A 2006 study said in the Atlantic margin alone there were potential reserves of 10bn barrels of oil/gas equivalent. At today’s prices, 10bn barrels would sell for nearly a €1tn. A more recent study however has made even that life-changing sum look small.

In September, the pressure group Dublin Shell to Sea published a report which surveyed the total of Irish offshore and onshore resources. It estimated the total volume of gas and oil available in the 69 designated exploration areas at 21bn barrels of oil. That’s more than €2tn worth of black gold.

Posted Date: 
1 January 2013

Richard Boyd Barrett raises question of Oil and Gas Wealth with Taoiseach

Richard Boyd Barrett - TD

[Shell to Sea] Richard Boyd Barrett challenged Enda Kenny in the Dáil on the continuing oil and gas giveaway using figures from Shell to Sea's "Liquid Assets" which is available here

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit/United Left Alliance raises question of Oil and Gas Wealth with Taoiseach, Enda Kenny (Fine Gael) during Leaders Questions on Wednesday, 12th December 2012.

Posted Date: 
12 December 2012

UN Special Rapporteur “concerned” about Shell to Sea protesters

Michelle Hennessy -

Margaret Sekaggya said there is “tangible frustration amongst local residents who are standing up for their rights”.

File photo of UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya.

UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, has said she is concerned about the challenges faced by those protesting the Corrib Gas project in Mayo.

Sekaggya was speaking in Dublin today at the end of her five day visit to Ireland.

The special rapporteur met with a delegation of ten people on Wednesday which included seven members of Shell to Sea.

She said she was concerned about “the situation and challenges faced by defenders and activists defending the right to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, particularly those peacefully protesting against the Corrib Gas project”.

“There is tangible frustration amongst local residents who are standing up for their rights and feel powerless, isolated and have lost trust in public institutions”, she said.

Posted Date: 
23 November 2012
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