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Press Release: 1100 People Call on EPA not to Grant Shell Emissions Licence

Last week 1100 people signed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject Shell's application for an Industrial Emissions Licence for the Shell/Corrib Gas refinery at Bellanaboy, Co Mayo. They have also called for an oral hearing to be held into the application. The petition was started by the Shell to Sea campaign and was hosted by the "Avaaz" community petitions website. [1]

Shell are currently unable to operate the Bellanaboy refinery as their earlier Emissions Licence was quashed by the High Court last year.  Martin Harrington successfully took the challenge on the basis that the EPA was wrong in granting Shell an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licence before undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment. [2]

Irish EPA: Don't give Shell a Licence to Pollute!

By: 
Shell to Sea

[Shell to Sea] The petition is now closed.  Thanks to 1100+ who signed

Don't give Shell a Licence to Pollute. To comply with the principles of the Aarhus Convention, we the undersigned demand of the EPA that an Oral Hearing be held into Shell E& P Ireland's application for an IPPC licence for Bellanaboy Gas refinery, Co Mayo Ireland.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2015

Alternative planned to State’s commemoration of 1916 Rising

By: 
Marie Halloran - Irish Times

Quoting from the Proclamation “the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland”, Mr Ballagh asked “how stands that right with the sale of Corrib gas for a pittance to an international company”.

Preparations are underway for major centenary events as an alternative to the State’s plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

The separate proposals include a major parade and pageant on April 24th, 2016, the actual centenary of the 1916 Easter Monday Rising, which will involve actors including Stephen Rea, Fionnuala Flanagan and Adrian Dunbar and singer Sinéad O’Connor.

Artist Robert Ballagh, one of the organisers of the initiative “Reclaim the Vision of 1916”, said events would also include a National Graves re-dedication of the 1916 burial plot at Glasnevin cemetery.

Asked if there had been any contact with State authorities, the artist said “we are letting the State do their thing”. Mr Ballagh added: “I don’t think the State will be giving space to those who feel the vision of the Proclamation hasn’t been achieved.”

Posted Date: 
4 May 2015

Gardaí punched man in face and head at Corrib protest, jury hears

By: 
Mary Carolan - Irish Times

Two officers involved are ‘accomplished’ boxers, High Court told

A garda, described as an “accomplished boxer”, punched a man in the face during a protest over the Shell Corrib gas field in Co Mayo, a High Court jury has been told.

The garda’s father, also garda and a boxer, then punched him in the head, the jury heard.

There was Garda “indiscipline, brutality and excessive force” during the protest and unprovoked assaults were perpetrated on three local men by gardaí, counsel for the three said.

There was an “unexplained” and “mysterious” gap in a Garda video recording of the protest, Micheál P. O’Higgins SC added.

He was opening separate civil actions by Patrick Coyle, a farmer, Barnatra, Ballina, and brothers Patrick O’Donnell and Martin O’Donnell,Shore, Porturlin, Ballina, both fishermen, over the alleged assaults.

The three cases are being heard together before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury and are listed for five days.

Posted Date: 
29 April 2015

RTE failed to truthfully inform the public on Corrib

By: 
Shell to Sea

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - April 12th, 2015 - For immediate release

-- Shell to Sea send submission on RTE's Public Service Statement --

Shell to Sea have today sent in a submission to RTE as part of RTE's public consultation on the updating of their Public Service Statement [1]. In the submission, Shell to Sea claimed that RTE had failed to inform the public in an honest and balanced manner on the Corrib Gas project.

In the submission nine examples of RTE bias over the course of the more than decade long community campaign against the Corrib Gas project were highlighted.

One of the examples given related to the so-called “Garda Rape tape” over which RTE were forced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to issue an apology, after a news item broadcast on July 28th 2011 was deemed by the BAI to be “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to a Corrib campaigner. This related to Gardaí being inadvertently recorded joking about threatening to rape the two women who were in their custody. At the time of the incident the Garda Commissioner acknowleged the incident had happened and apologised for the incident occurring. Despite this RTE subsequently attempted to create the impression that the recording of the incident had been “altered” or “tampered with”. [2]

Posted Date: 
12 April 2015
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