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News Release - Government Rejects UN Rapporteur's Recommendations on Corrib

Shell to Sea
News Release - Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea
April 30th, 2014 - For immediate release

In a submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Shell to Sea have criticised the Irish Government for rejecting recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights regarding the policing of Corrib protest [1].

In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all allegation and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner” [2].

Ms Sekaggya met with Shell to Sea, Table Observers and other concerned members of the community in November 2012

Ms Sekaggya's recommendations were echoed earlier this year by Archbishop Desmond Tutu who supported the call for an independent inquiry into the policing of Corrib [3].

However earlier this month Minister for Justice Alan Shatter rejected the recommendation saying “I do not see a necessity for an independent inquiry into the policing operation in north County Mayo.”[4]


Other relevant recommendations made by Rapporteur Sekeggya, including  allowing the Garda Ombudsman to do an “examination of the practices, policies and procedures of the police in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute” also have been ignored by the Irish Government.

Posted Date: 
30 April 2014

Lars Wagner remembered and Enda Kenny Criticised at Good Friday Walk.

Shell to Sea

During this year's Good Friday walk from Glengad to Aughoose, Shell to Sea activists highlighted the death of Lars Wagner, a worker killed in the Shell tunnel last September.


Posted Date: 
28 April 2014

Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking case

Jenny Deam - LA Times

A family says fracking and other drilling by Aruba Petroleum near their ranch created severe health problems. The civil jury verdict may be the first of its kind in a fracking case.

In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months.

Posted Date: 
25 April 2014

Justice for All

Gerry and Rosemary Bourke and Family

To All Our Friends in Shell to Sea

I feel that I can no longer stay silent and let others speak for me. Me, Gerry Bourke, my wife Rosemarie and our family intend to take court proceedings against the Irish government and its agents, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Vermillion for breaches of our basic human rights. We intend this summer to set up a Camp for Justice in our field for everybody in this country who feels that injustice has been done to them by the government. We no longer feel that we can stand silently and let our home and farm and our way of life be taken away from us. If you feel as we do that this country belongs to the people and that all the resources of this country belong to people of this country, then come and stand with us.

Justice For All

Posted Date: 
20 April 2014

Good Friday walk 2014 - Glengad to Aughoose

This years Good Friday walk will take place on Friday 18th April 2014 starting at Glengad at 12 noon and will walk to Aughoose.  It is the tenth Good Friday walk to take place against the Corrib Gas project

Every year walkers bring the crosses bearing the names of the Ogoni Nine from a memorial ground across the road from Shell's Ballinaboy refinery site. The Ogoni Nine were a group of activists organising a peaceful movement demanding the survival of the Ogoni people in the face of destruction from the activities of Shell in the Niger delta. They were murdered by the Nigerian military dictatorship of the day at the behest of Shell in 1995.

18 April 2014 - 12:00pm
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