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The sleepy Irish village that challenged Shell over controversial pipeline

Mark Jansen - The Ecologist

A ten-year campaign opposing a Shell gas pipeline in a remote cornor of Ireland is documented in a major new film - The Pipe - and has become a focal point for a community's right to oppose corporations and central government

One of the last acts of the outgoing Fianna Fail government in Ireland last month was to approve a planning application by oil and gas giant Shell to build an onshore pipeline in a remote and beautiful corner of western Ireland - the parish of Kilcommon Erris in County Mayo.

Posted Date: 
22 March 2011

TDs unite outside Dáil to back Shell to Sea campaign


Twenty-two TDs gathered at the gates of Leinster House in Dublin today to call on the Government to overturn consents granted by former Minister Pat Carey to Shell E&P Ireland on the day of the recent General Election.

Photo: William Hederman

Speaking at the press conference, Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins criticised Mr Carey’s decision, saying: “These consents were issued in a highly dubious manner on the day of the recent general Election.

Posted Date: 
22 March 2011

Enticed by long-odds Fukushima gamble

Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times

Economic and scientific elites are prey to delusions that the unlikely will not happen. The rest of us pick up the pieces when it does, writtes FINTAN O'TOOLE 

THERE IS a reason why the ancient Greek tragedies from 2,500 years ago are performed so regularly now. Their basic story is that of hubris and nemesis, of what happens to a man who steps over the bounds of what is proper. The universe restores its balance by destroying him.

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22 March 2011

Challenge the Shell Lies - Join the Dublin Shell to Sea protest [cancelled]

Shell to Sea protest this evening is cancelled due to the Terry Nolan talk at the RDS being postponed.

Dublin Shell to Sea protest - 6pm Thursday 24th March, Main Gate RDS, Merrion road

Next Thursday 24th March Shell E&P Ireland Managing Director Terry Nolan will address a conference entitled 'Securing Ireland's Energy Needs' at the Minvera suite RDS, just inside the Main Gate on Merrion RoadN


He will falsely claim that the Corrib gas field will secure Ireland's energy needs into the future.

It won't.

24 March 2011 - 6:00pm

Court to hear objection to Corrib gas pipeline

The High Court has said it will hear opposing arguments from the State and An Bord Pleanala before deciding whether to grant leave to An Taisce and two Co Mayo residents to bring judicial review actions aimed at quashing permission for the gas pipeline linked to the Corrib gas field. 

In separate proceedings, An Taisce, the heritage protection agency, and the local residents Monica Muller and Peter Sweetman, of Rossport South, Ballina, Co Mayo who own land 500m south of the proposed pipeline claim that the planning authorities decision is in breach of EU directives relating to the conservation of natural habitats.

They claim that the pipeline the subject of the planning permission traverses several areas of special interest in Co Mayo that are governed by a number of EU directives.

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