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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

Shell to Sea meet UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

On Wednesday, Mrs Margaret Sekaggya, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders met with a delegation of ten people to discuss the issues they face with regard to the Corrib Gas Project [1]. The delegation comprised seven members of Shell to Sea, Kilcommon parish priest Fr. Michael Nallen and two members of the human rights monitoring organisation Table Observers, Sr. Majella McCarron and Donal Ó Mearáin.

Mrs Sekaggya is visiting Ireland in order to evaluate the situation of human rights defenders in the country and will present a report with her findings to the UN Human Rights Council in March next year.

The Shell to Sea Submission to Mrs Sekaggya is available here and Maura Harrington's personal statement is available here.

Democracy Devalued by Corrib Gas

Donal O'Kelly - Benbo Productions

Now for a serious point, no irony, no satire:- what's been allowed to happen in Erris for the last ten years regarding the Shell Corrib gas project has significantly devalued the standard of democracy in Ireland. It is a symptom of a wider malaise, for which we're paying by selling off our independence, our very status as a democratic state - lack of proper participatory democratic process. 

We've been lead to this point by a gang of unscrupulous dons, none of whom have been made to even acknowledge their crimes. 

Crime has become accepted as the norm in Erris, upheld by the agents of state we are brought up to believe protect and support democratic institutions. 

There is a painting by Jack B. Yeats in the Hugh Lane gallery called The Maggie Man. The Maggie Man invites fair-goers to pay to throw stones at a wooden roughcut figure called a maggie - gléas magaidh - to encourage it to fend off evil. Those we have allowed to become our leaders have made a maggie of our democracy. They have reduced us to abusing it, diminishing it piecemeal, paying to do so, with blind faith in its automatic powers, while thinking we are engaged in normal democratic activity. 

This is what drove me to write Ailliliú Fionnuala. - Donal O'Kelly 

Posted Date: 
6 November 2012
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