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Big oil, small village... The protester

By: 
Sarah McCabe - Sunday Independent
 

Maura Harrington is a retired primary school principal and spokesperson for the Shell to Sea campaign. She lives about 25km from the Corrib gas terminal and has protested against the project since its very early days.

Maura Harrington, Shell to Sea Campaign at the entrance to the Gas Terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge, Co. Mayo. Photograph : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

What they did was place a major industrial site on a greenfield area. In the 21st century, dirty industry is not innovative.

"Jobs at any cost is not a good enough reason to place a major industrial site in a beauty spot. Where do we draw the line? About 40 years ago someone tried to get a nuclear power plant built here, citing emigration. And it hasn't even been the answer to unemployment.

"Erris remains bedevilled by emigration - Shell is not the great white hope. The gas terminal has caused real division in this area. Its legacy will far outweigh any short-term jobs.

"What about jobs for people in the area who are opposed to Shell? Why should they be left behind? One of my children is unemployed, he wouldn't take a job with Shell and has no choice but to emigrate.

Posted Date: 
26 October 2014

Press Release - Shell to Sea dismisses Shell’s PR as “beads and baubles”

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea

Shell to Sea dismisses Shell’s announcement that it will provide €750,000 installing fibre-optic broadband as a fistful of beads and baubles in comparison with the billions of euros worth of gas that was gifted to them in the Corrib Gas field. [1]  

Former Managing Director of the Corrib Gas project, Brian O’Cathain previously stated in 2010 “That Corrib will never pay tax”.[2]

Maura Harrington stated “Shell says it will spend €750,000 (tax deductible), big deal.  Shell again clicks its fingers and Enda Kenny comes toadying to do the needful.

German Minister calls for boycott of Shell

By: 
John Donvan - RoyalDutchShellPLC.com

“If you went to the Niger Delta and saw the standard of oil extraction, none of you would use the petrol stations of that oil firm,” he said. He said the company prioritized profit over concern for the environment. “That is unacceptable,” Müller added.

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Posted Date: 
17 September 2014

Cormac Lally performs for Love Leitrim at Fleadh

By: 
jamie murphy - YouTube

During the Fleadh Cheoil 2014 in Sligo, Love Leitrim in partnership with Leitrim Tourism Network ran a stand which had lots of information on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (Fracking) and a variety of antifracking tshirts.

Posted Date: 
2 September 2014

Fleadh bows to pressure and gives money back to Shell

By: 
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
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