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Corrib Documentary: Under Pressure

EamonDeStaic - YouTube

Under Pressure (Part 1 of 2)

Posted Date: 
2 December 2011

YouTube Video: Michael D Higgins speaking outside Shell refinery gates

Rossport Solidarity Camp - YouTube

This is a video recorded on 6th of November 2006, when the current President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins joined campaigners outside the gates of the Shell refinery in Bellanaboy along with other Labour party colleagues. Four days later these same campaigners were being batoned off the roads by the Gardaí. Michael D Higgins begins speaking at 3:34 in the video.

Posted Date: 
24 November 2011

Campaigners block Shell's peat haulage morning after An Taisce faces local community

Annie - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

An Taisce settles with State and leaves community to defend Sruwaddacon

On Tuesday 15th November, An Taisce board member Attracta Uí Bhroin travelled to Belmullet Civic Centre to defend the withdrawal of An Taisce’s legal challenges to the validity of consents for the Corrib Gas project. An Taisce have claimed that their settlement is a 'victory for the environment' despite the fact that the State remains in breach of European environmental directives in proceeding with the Corrib project. The next day campaigners stopped Shell’s peat haulage outside Bellanaboy refinery site to demonstrate that despite An Taisce settling with the State, local campaigners will continue to defend the safety of the community.

16.11.11 Stopping Shell's haulage outside the refinery at Bellanaboy
Stopping Shell's haulage outside the refinery at Bellanaboy

Posted Date: 
18 November 2011

Shell to Sea supporter becomes President as campaign marks anniversary of baton charge

‘The people of Erris deserve protection from any company that seeks to trample over their rights. No company should be outside the law’ – Michael D. Higgins 

6th November 2011- 4 days before the baton charge - Michael D Higgins at Bellanaboy

As veteran Shell to Sea supporter Michael D. Higgins prepares to be sworn in as President of Ireland tomorrow (Friday Nov 11th), hundreds of campaigners will gather in north Mayo to mark the fifth anniversary of the infamous Garda baton charge at Shell’s refinery site. 


In February 2010, Michael D Higgins said of the Corrib project: “Agencies of the State got involved on the side of the developer, rather than on the side of the community. Given that alternative models were available in other countries, it was scandalous that we proceeded as we did.” [1] 


Speaking at a protest at the gates of Shell’s refinery site on November 6th, 2006, Mr Higgins said: “The issue is the right of the people of Erris to have security and safety. They want to be able to live their lives in peace. They deserve protection from any company that seeks to trample over their rights. What is important are issues of justice and no company should be outside the law.” 


He continued: “The resources of this planet need to be used responsibly for the people of the planet. The resources of Ireland belong to the people of Ireland.” 

Rossport residents say An Taisce ‘undermined’ them

Anton McNulty - Mayo News

An Taisce accused of undermining Rossport residents in gas action

Two Rossport residents who along with An Taisce settled legal actions brought against the State following consents granted for the Corrib gas have described the settlement as a ‘devastating defeat’ and accused An Taisce of ‘undermining’ them.
Peter Sweetman and Monica Muller of Rossport South, Ballina, along with An Taisce challenged An Bord Pleanála’s decision last January granting permission to Shell EP Ireland for its third proposed route for the pipeline.
The action was heard in the High Court but was settled after an eleven day hearing after an agreement by the State to properly transpose aspects of the European environmental impact assessment directive by the end of the year. An Taisce described the settlement as a victory for the environment but Mr Sweetman and Ms Muller say they are ‘at a total loss’ why they believe this. Pobail Chill Chomáin also described An Taisce’s decision as ‘baffling’. In a statement, Mr Sweetman said they don’t see it as a victory but as a ‘devastating defeat’. He also accused An Taisce of ‘undermining’ their legal actions against the Corrib projects by not supporting their cases in court.

Posted Date: 
8 November 2011
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