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Corrib debacle continues

By: 
Liamy Mc Nally, The Mayo News, 7th August 2012

Last Week people travelled a 100 mile round trip from North Mayo to Áras  an Chontae in Castlebar, by appointment, to view transport permits for the Corrib gas tunnelling convoy that travelled the country before  becoming stuck on the Glenamoy crossroads. Arriving at Mayo County Council they were informed that the permit would not be available until Tuesday (today).

When people with power in Mayo treat citizens, whom they have a duty to serve, in this way, they also do a disservice to their council colleagues who are committed public servants. This treatment is downright bad manners and promotes the power of authority over the power of service. What is to be gained from such treatment? Would a Shell executive or a Garda be treated in the same way? Why were local people treated so?

Posted Date: 
13 August 2012

Public should expect the unexpected in the never-ending Corrib farce

By: 
James Laffey - Editorial Western People

Ten years ago this summer An Bord Pleanála issued a preliminary judgement on the Corrib gas project.  In a letter to the then developers, Enterprise Energy Ireland (later Shell E&P Ireland), the planning appeals board claimed that the proposed terminal at Ballinaboy in North Mayo might be prejudicial to the health and safety of local residents and urged the applicant to investigate alternative locations.  Among the possible sites mooted was the then vacant Asahi plant on the outskirts of Killala.

A few weeks after receiving the letter from An Bord Pleanála, Shell E&P Ireland engaged in excavation work at Glengad Beach, the proposed site  of the pipeline landfall.  Later that summer, this newspaper published remarks from Fianna Fáil Junior Minister Frank Fahey who claimed that a failure to grant planning permission for the Ballinaboy terminal would be "a most detrimental blow to the economic development of the north-west and Co Mayo in particular".

A year earlier, Fahey, in his capacity as Minister for Marine and Natural Resources, had contacted Mayo Co Council to insist he be informed of the local authority's decision on the Corrib project before it was made public.  Many people perceived the minister as exercising undue influence on a planning process that was supposed to be independent.

Posted Date: 
9 August 2012

Behind the Story - The Pipe

By: 
CIRvideos - YouTube

Behind the Story. What do people do when the law prevents them from protecting themselves? Irish documentary filmmaker Risteard O'Domhnaill witnessed firsthand the ten year battle of a small Irish village that stood up to the Shell Oil Company. In an interview with CIR, O'Domhnaill details his experience of making the movie and how one has to go behind the reports put forth by mainstream Irish media to get to the real story.

Posted Date: 
8 August 2012

150 Gardai to move TBM 5km; Mayo County Council begin cover-up

By: 
resting camper - Indymedia

An account of Friday's events on the day the tunnel boring machine was moved.

As those following the story will no doubt have heard by now, the TBM was moved yesterday.

Aware that something was going to happen, campaigners spent the night at Glenamoy sleeping in cars and vans, aware that something was going to happen. Two slept under the bridge. Localyil residents nearby told us how the road had sunk 4 inches in the last few days, while other parts were ruined from the exceptional traffic. We're sure the Council will not be so quick to do those repairs...

At 4am, gardai began to swarm into the area. 150 IRMS security also marched up the road. We ran up, but the sheer weight of numbers kept us back. Ten managed to get into the field on the side where the truck was listing. Suddenly, 40 IRMS came in and set up a fence. Diggers and trucks of stone came in and for the next ten hours, Shell filled in ditches and built up a road around the collapsed bank. The crane plan had been abandoned and its seemed the field owner had given permission. Thus, without warning the crossroads were closed to all traffic, causing chaos yet again. Shell only later offered its usual bland, 'sorry for the inconvenience' shite.

Posted Date: 
5 August 2012
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