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Show of Solidarity from Ireland with the Arctic 30

Shelver - RSC

Detention of Greenpeace Crew Stark Reminder of Shell/State Partnership in Broadhaven Bay

About 25 people gathered today outside the Shell refinery construction site at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, in a show of solidarity with 30 environmental activists who are currently imprisoned in Russia. The gathering was part of a global day of action to free the "Arctic 30" as they have become known worldwide since they were captured nearly two months ago while protesting against Gazprom and Shell moving an oil rig into the Arctic.

Free the Arctic 30!
Free the Arctic 30!

Posted Date: 
16 November 2013

Radio reporter claims he lost his job over coverage of Corrib Gas controversy

Edwin McGreal - Irish Times

[Shell to Sea] For further information on the way media reporting on Corrib has been manipulated read "Why journalists are afraid of covering the Corrib Gas project" by William Hederman

Liamy MacAnally was senior reporter at Midwest Radio for more than 10 years

A reporter has claimed he was made redundant from a radio station because the station’s management took issue with his coverage of the Corrib gas controversy in north Mayo.

Liamy MacNally has taken a case for unfair dismissal against Midwest Radio, trading as County Mayo Radio Limited.

Posted Date: 
9 November 2013

From a Prison Cell to a State Luncheon

James Laffey - The Western People

It's a long way from a cell in Castlerea Prison to an audience with the Garda Commissioner in the opulent surrounds of Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park. But if there's any man who could achieve that turnaround in a few short years its the inimitable firsherman from North Mayo Pat “The Chief” O'Donnell.

2013: Pat & Martin O'Donnell pictured with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan after receiving an award for bravery.
2007: Martin & Pat O'Donnell after getting beaten by Shell bribed Gardai, for trying to protect their area and community.

Three years ago, O'Donnell became an anti-establishment hero after the acclaimed television documentary The Pipe was broadcast across the globe. The documentary charted O'Donnell's tireless and colourful opposition to the Corrib Gas pipeline, highlighting a 'David versus Goliath' battle as the chain-smoking fisherman doggedly refused to bow to the combined might of State and corporate interests.

Posted Date: 
6 November 2013

Garda watchdog to investigate Corrib booze claims

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

THE garda watchdog is expected to reveal today (Tuesday) that it will open an investigation into allegations by a former Corrib gas contractor who claims he supplied a large quantity of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station before Christmas 2007. This follows GSOC’s  (Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission) receipt of the findings of an investigation into the matter, led by a senior Mayo Garda, Superintendent Thomas Murphy.

Posted Date: 
23 October 2013

Bogs and Booze in Bellanaboy and Belmullet

Risteard Ó Domhnaill - Village Magazine

Shell and OSSL dispute whether inducements were given to Gardai and named individuals. 

“Shell was using OSSL to win hearts and minds in Mayo to progress the project but suddenly things changed, and tracks needed covering”- Desmond Kane, OSSL

Seventeen years ago this month, the Petrolia drilling rig hit a natural gas field

50 miles off the west coast of Mayo. According to Briain O Cathain, MD of Enterprise Energy, who made the find, “It was one of the biggest well-tests that Enterprise had ever done”. For O Cathain and other Irish people working in oil and gas around the world, it represented great hope that finally they could come home to work in the emerging Irish industry.

O Cathain, now heading the successful oil company, Petroceltic, did not get to see the Corrib project to fruition. Following Shell’s takeover of Enterprise and planning difficulties with Corrib, O Cathain moved on. With hindsight, it was a good move.

Posted Date: 
19 October 2013
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