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1 year on - Coummunity under siege

Community under siege:

SHELL TO SEA PRESS RELEASE 03/10/2007

We are gathered here this morning to mark the one-year anniversary of the illegally conducted occupation of our community, carried out by our own state forces on behalf of Shell and their so-called Corrib gas partners.

Twelve months ago today hundreds of Gardai were drafted into the parish of Kilcommon to enforce Shell's desire to resume operations on this disputed project, after a peaceful blockade had halted works here for fifteen months without incident.

I go to sleep not sure if I'll wake up. Frightened is what we are

By: 
Sara Burke - The Sunday Tribune

After two years of daily marches against Shell's Corrib gas project inMayo, the crowd gathering each morning is as large as ever.However, now there is a garda presence to match, in a peaceful protest that has all the signs of a storm brewing just below the surface, writes Sara Burke

Corrib pipeline roadway was 'built illegally'

By: 
Treacy Hogan - Irish Independent

THE controversial €1bn Corrib gas project has been dealt a major planning blow.

Bord Pleanala has ruled that a private road from the Atlantic was built illegally.

Shell now faces having to tear up the road it built though a special conservation area in Co Mayo without planning permission.

Yesterday's landmark Bord Pleanala ruling could delay the project for at least a year.

What Really Happened in Bellanaboy?

By: 
Gaz Barrett - BuckFast For Breakfast - November 11th, 2006

Following events in Rossport yesterday, a narrative has emerged of violent protests including the use of a car as a battering ram. Comments from contributors to this site have thrown accusations at Shell To Sea, accusing them of attacking ‘busloads of workers,’ ‘committing criminal damage,’ and possibly using a car as a ram to injure Gardai.

Labour critical of FF and FG stance on Corrib row

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Monday 13th Nov 2006

Labour Party president Michael D Higgins has criticised the Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny over their stance on the Corrib gas issue, and has said that the north Mayo community has "genuine grievances".

He said Bertie Ahern was "distorting the facts" in relation to planning approval for the complete project. He also said it was "simply wrong" to suggest that the Shell to Sea campaign had been "infiltrated".

A Knight in Oily Armour: Tony O’Reilly and Exxon Mobil

By: 
Tel - Indymedia

Back then, in 1983, O’Reilly was interviewed by American magazine Forbes, and outlined how his geologist selected six blocks of seabed and how Atlantic acquired the exploration rights for those blocks, saying ““Since I own 35 per cent of the newspapers in Ireland I have close contact with the politicians. I got the blocks he wanted.” 

Myth-making obscures realities of Corrib

By: 
William Hederman - IrishOilAndGas.com

Minister Noel Dempsey’s latest contribution to the debate over the Corrib Gas project is a claim that a fellow TD overheard a mobile phone conversation on Grafton Street in Dublin, in which the words “riot” and “Rossport” were allegedly heard. Previous outbursts by the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources have been dismissed by the Shell to Sea campaign as “unhelpful”. But this intervention is helpful. It highlights the lack of any meaningful attempt by the Government to resolve the conflict.

Gas Lads - Indepth report from Magill (2002)

By: 
Sandra Mara - Magill

The politicians who sold Ireland's family silver in the great oil and gas give-away
The massive finds of oil and gas on our western seaboard could ensure Ireland's financial security for generations. Wealth approximating that of the Arab countries is within our grasp, but the Irish government seems content to sell off our birthright for a handful of votes and a few dollars.

Government rejects olive branch

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Mayo News - 7th Nov 06
AN OLIVE branch by Shell to Sea to break the ongoing stalemate by establishing a public Commission of Enquiry into ‘the optimum development concept’ for the controversial Corrib gas project has been dismissed by Minister Noel Dempsey as containing ‘nothing new’ and by Shell as ‘unrealistic’. 

Rossport 5 receive Award from Labour Leader

By: 
Labour Youth - Indymedia

The Tom Johnson summer school - the annual summer school of the Labour Party took place during the weekend in Kilkenny. This year the Jim Kemmy award was given to the community in Rossport and Erris and was accepted by Vincent McGrath of the Rossport Five. The Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte T.D. presented the award.