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How the State deserted its people and resources

James Laffey - Western People

A new book on the Corrib Gas project exposes a litany of failures on the part of the State, writes James Laffey.

Once Upon A Time In The West

‘LIGHT touch’ regulation is to blame for all our current woes. Or so we are told. Each day politicians from all sides of the Dáil divide queue up on the plinth at Leinster House to assure us that it’s the ‘wild west’-style practices of the country’s bankers and regulators that have brought us to this sorry pass.

“We trusted the bankers, we trusted the regulator!” they plaintively lament, the import of their message being that firm and decisive action would have been taken if only someone had told them what was going on. Methinks differently. And here’s why.

Gas valued at €420 billion off the west coast of Ireland, while Fianna Fáil speeds us towards the IMF

Conor McCabe - Dublin Opinion

Just a quick post to highlight the Shell to Sea factsheet, that there is €420 billion worth of natural gas of the coast of Ireland - all of which has been given for free to Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil, Exxon Mobil.



Shell profits rise by 18% - [Ireland's didn't]

Tim Webb - The Guardian

Shell profits rise by 18% - [Ireland's didn't]


Quote on the Jim Larkin statue:"The great appear great because we are on our knees: Let us rise.”

Oil company's quarterly earnings hit $3.5bn, exceeding expectations, as new oil sands facility comes on line

Shell's profits rose by almost a fifth in the last three months on the back of higher production and oil and gas prices.

The oil company said that it had also approved two new major projects, including one deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico, which will further boost production in the future.

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption

John Donovan -

“It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The Committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland.”

Minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”).


Shell to Sea addresses One Percent Network Walk Tour

Caoimhe Kerins, Dublin Shell to Sea Spokesperson addressing One Percent Network Walk Tour

For more details on the 1% walking tour see:

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