"Agencies of the State got involved on the side of the developer, rather than on the side of the community. Given that alternative models were available in other countries, it was scandalous that we proceeded as we did. It reveals the mindset of certain people. I am reminded of the woman who was sent to jail in New York, who said that taxes are for small people. In this case, it seems that planning is not for big people…….
I refer again to the notion that some projects are too big for public accountability and transparency in planning. I am not making accusations that I cannot support."
SHELL TO SEA PRESS RELEASE 21/04/07 - Goldman Environmental Prize The news of the upcoming award of the Goldman Environmental Prize to Rossport Five member Willie Corduff is a cause for great celebration, not only in County Mayo but on the whole island of Ireland. Everyone involved in the Shell To Sea campaign can now feel part of something important on the international stage, and we extend our heartiest congratulations to Willie and his family.Willie's stance, along with that of Brid McGarry, the Rossport Five as a whole and Shell To Sea groups worldwide has once again been vindicated, proving that local communities can have an impact no matter how large the obstacle appears to be.The Prize will be one of six awards bestowed this year, covering all the Earth's continents and Island nations, and this will be the first time in the Goldman's eighteen-year history that Ireland has been so honoured. Shell To Sea would also like to congratulate all the other recipients from Iceland, Canada, Zambia, Mongolia and Peru, and wish them continued success in their ongoing endeavours.ENDFor comment or verification call John Monaghan on +353 86 3123439