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News release: Prison Sentence for 52 year old Shell to Sea spokesperson

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

PRISON SENTENCE FOR 52-YEAR-OLD SHELL TO SEA SPOKESPERSON

-- Local carpenter to be jailed for obstructing Shell's inland refinery project --

Mayo carpenter and Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway (52) was yesterday (Tuesday, February 21st, 2012) given two 3-month prison sentences in Belmullet District Court. The convictions relate to Mr Conway's ongoing involvement in the campaign against Shell's Corrib gas pipeline.

Corrib: Shatter’s ‘protest tourists’ are acting in Ireland’s interest

By: 
William Hederman - Politico.ie

As 19 campaigners go on trial in Mayo, William Hederman writes that the expensive policing of the Corrib gas project is facilitating a transfer of resources to private corporations. Those "outsiders" who protest in Mayo are doing Ireland a great service

Nineteen people are due before Belmullet District Court this week charged with 80 offences relating to civil disobedience and obstruction of Shell’s attempts to build an inland refinery and high-pressure pipeline in north Mayo. Civilians have been taking the law into their own hands: closing public roads and illegally detaining other civilians on those roads.

The two sentences in the above paragraph are connected, but not as closely as you might expect. The 19 accused are anti-Shell campaigners, but the civilians referred to in the second sentence are employees of IRMS, the private security company guarding Shell’s troubled project. Since the latest phase of the project began in the spring of 2011 – a 5km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Estuary – IRMS staff have been taking a very hands-on approach to guarding the tunnelling compound at Aughoose.

I have witnessed IRMS staff assaulting protesters, closing off sections of the public road and physically detaining protesters. All of this happens in full view of gardaí. It is illegal for private security guards to close roads and to physically manhandle people – they have no more right to do that than protesters do. To date, not one IRMS staff member has been charged in relation to this activity, despite the fact that local residents say they have made complaints about it at Belmullet Garda station, as well as to the Private Security Authority.

Posted Date: 
22 February 2012

Special Sitting in Belmullet for Corrib Campaigners

By: 
j debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

80 Charges between 19 people

On Monday February 20th the Belmullet courthouse in Co. Mayo will be full of campaigners opposing the Corrib Gas Project. Nineteen people are facing 80 charges between them for civil disobedience, and this week has been set aside as a special sitting for the campaigners

Stop criminalising our community
Stop criminalising our community

Posted Date: 
20 February 2012

North Mayo residents protest at road disruption by Corrib gas haulage

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

NORTH MAYO residents have begun a series of protests to reclaim the road they say is being lost to the local community and overtaken by heavy traffic of working equipment and haulage associated with the Corrib gas project.


A garda holds local resident Gerry O'Malley while another garda records events as a convoy of lorries passes yesterday at Pollathomas, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The residents, who are not aligned to any formal protest grouping, say they feel “abandoned by the State and all its agencies”.

The residents of Pollathomas, Aughoose, Lenamore, Aughagower, Barnacuillew and Glengad live along the L1202 coast road, which runs parallel to the Sruwaddacon estuary in inner Broadhaven Bay. The L1202 is currently one of the main haulage routes for work on the onshore Corrib gas pipeline.

Posted Date: 
17 February 2012

Local Resident, Gerry Burke speaking on Midwest Radio

By: 
Midwest Radio

Listen to local resident Gerry Burke speaking on Midwest Radio about the occupation of the area by Shell and IRMS

Posted Date: 
15 February 2012
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