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Fleadh bows to pressure and gives money back to Shell

Brian McDonald - Irish Times

Decision to accept sponsorship funding was strongly criticised by Mayo campaign group

File image of the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The organisers of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann have bowed to pressure and rejected sponsorship of the annual traditional music festival by oil giant, Shell.

The Standing Committee of Fleadh 2014 which takes place in Sligo throughout next week took the decision at a meeting today.

The committee had come under severe pressure after the Shell to Sea group strongly criticised the decision to accept sponsorship from Shell in light of the controversy surrounding its development of the Corrib Gas field off the neighbouring north Mayo coast.

Shell to Sea, which has actively opposed the massive gas terminal and pipeline project in Bellanaboy, accused Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann of prostituting itself and reneging on its ideal of promoting peace.

The group also claimed that Comhaltas had put President Higgins in the “awkward position” of formally opening an event sponsored by Shell. The President spoke out on a number of occasions before his election on the impact of the Shell development on the lives of local people.

Posted Date: 
6 August 2014

Shell to Sea asks: Has Comhaltas sold its soul to Shell?

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - August 5th , 2014

-- Comhaltas put President in awkward position --

Shell to Sea have criticised Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for accepting Shell as a sponsor to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, which is due to be held in Sligo from the 10th to 17th August. Shell to Sea also stated that Comhaltas have placed President Michael D Higgins in the awkward position of opening a event that has been sponsored by Shell. President Higgins has previously spoken out against the Corrib Gas project and Shell's conduct in Erris.[1,2]

Shell to Sea will hold a protest against Shell's sponsorship of the Fleadh on the 10th of August on Stephen Street, Sligo from 2 to 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Report on Rossport Art Weekend

C - Indymedia

On Friday the 11th July, people started gathering for the art weekend in which murals and new campaign banner and signs were prepared. Straight away work on the house with the mural “The struggle goes on” was started along with the sign on the roof which reads “Strength in Community”.

Saturday wasn’t suitable for outside work so after a fair while designing what the signs should say, work commenced at a shed which we were kindly given the use of for the weekend.



The various signs included one quoting Kevin Moore, the first An Bord Pleanala Inspector who looked into the siting of the Refinery at Bellanaboy. In 2003, he labeled the proposed location as “the wrong site”.

Posted Date: 
21 July 2014

Tamboran: Fracking company plan 'exploratory borehole' in Fermanagh

John Campbell - BBC News

The company that plans to use the controversial fracking technique to extract natural gas in County Fermanagh intends to drill an exploratory borehole in August.

The borehole, near Belcoo, will be to collect rock samples and will not involve fracking.

Tamboran Resources said drilling will last about 30 days.

If the samples show commercially viable levels of gas, Tamboran will begin a process that could lead to fracking.

The company said the borehole will be about 15cm across and 750m deep.

Posted Date: 
21 July 2014

Top criminologist calls for inquiry into Corrib policing

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Author of Hillsborough report recommends non-statutory review of evidence

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at  Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has supported calls for a full review of the policing of the Corrib gas project in north Mayo.

Criminologist Prof Phil Scraton says international concern about Garda handling of opposition to the gas project reflects a belief that it has “moved beyond a series of specific incidents to something of much greater institutional consequence”.

He considers that the policing of the gas project from late 2006 merits a non-statutory review of all available documentation, which could be a prelude to a full statutory inquiry.

Posted Date: 
11 July 2014
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