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Shell machine stuck at crossroads

By: 
Aine Ryan - Irish Times

Shell’s giant tunnel boring machine was expected to remain overnight on the back of a lorry that jack-knifed at an isolated Co Mayo crossroads early this morning despite efforts by large tow-trucks to move it this evening.

A jack-knifed truck containing tunnel boring machinery which got stuck on its way to the Shell Bellanaboy Gas refinery in Co Mayo today.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A jack-knifed truck containing tunnel boring machinery which got stuck on its way to the Shell Bellanaboy Gas refinery in Co Mayo today.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The lorry was part of a large convoy, flanked by garda vans and outriders, as well as other security personnel, that left Dublin Port on Sunday night, transporting sections of the boring machine.

Local residents from the nearby villages of Rossport and Carrowteigue were unable to travel to work or make hospital appointments due to the incident, which blocked a junction on the L1203 and R312 roads, at Glenamoy crossroads from early this morning.

Posted Date: 
31 July 2012

Pictures of the Tunnelling Machine stuck in Glenamoy

By: 
Shell to Sea

 

Posted Date: 
31 July 2012

Hundreds of Garda deployed to protect Shell's machine from the people of Ireland

By: 
WSM

[Shell to Sea]  Shell to Sea will be holding a protest in Ballina tonight from 9pm, meeting at Dunne Stores, to protest against the Tunnelling Machine and the occupation of Mayo by corporate interests. All welcome.

A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles.  News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain.  Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly.

Posted Date: 
30 July 2012

Tunnelling Machine on route to Mayo

By: 
Rossport Solidarity Camp

The TBM has been sighted at Dublin docks tonight (Sun) in three trucks, and is allegedly setting off towards Rossport this evening.


TBM leaving Dublin Port

Shell to Sea are calling for anyone available tonight and over the next couple of days, to delay the transporters and/or follow the convoy and let the camp know the route or if you have any related info. Preferably phone the camp mobile on 0851141170, or else email rossportsolidaritycamp@gmail.com

Posted Date: 
29 July 2012

News Release: Rabbitte's betrayal further exposed by Providence's 1.6 bn barrel oil find

The recent announcement that the Barryroe field off Cork could contain up to 1.6 billion barrels of oil, further exposes Pat Rabbittes' betrayal of Irish interests with his oil and gas policy.

In a direct contradiction of Minister Pat Rabbitte's previous statements, a recent cross-party Oireachtas committee found that the current oil and gas terms are much too generous to the oil companies and the tax rate on finds should be raised by up to another 55%.  Last year Pat Rabbitte disgracefully issued exploration licences for 250,000 sq km off the Irish coast, despite the pending Oireachtas committee report, and just as Providence was embarking on what it termed the "the largest co-ordinated multi-basin drilling carried out offshore Ireland"[1]

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