"This is one of the most important stories of it's kind in Europe."
"There were also questions on the propriety of loading the arrestees into Gardaí vans within the confines of the Shell site. The question here arises whether it is appropriate to locate Garda administration in a private business development such as Shell."
"The operation was so well co-ordinated that the Gardaí operated from within the pipeline site, with An Garda Síochána’s newest and most expensive modern technology trained to identify Republican terrorists outside the compound perimeter. What they did not, could not, countenance was that the terrorists could be inside the fence! When this transpired to be true, it threatened to become so embarrassing and damaging to their credibility, that it left the Gardai with no other option but to collude in the wider cover up."
"We find it totally hypocritical that a local fisherman who protests to protect his livelihood, family and environment, is serving a prison sentence while nobody has been made accountable for the incredible degree of criminal activity in the banking and financial sector which has helped to bring our economy to its knees."
"... the engagement of a former County Secretary and a former Chief Superintendent gives rise to the appearance that Shell is seeking to influence those who regulate them, rather than to comply with those who regulate them."
'IRMS also stated to this author that Mr Corduff was not assaulted, that he simply sat down and that not a finger was laid upon him. This author concludes that, in fact, he was set upon and kicked. Mr Corduff’s medical records diagnose him as having bruises from kicking. The suggestion that he simply sat down also appears to have been contradicted by Shell’s own briefing to The Irish Times, as well as by protester witnesses. Superintendent Michael Larkin of Belmullet Garda station stated publicly that Mr Corduff “was escorted from the site and spoke to Gardaí and it was decided in the best interests that he be transferred to a hospital that that he complained of feeling unwell.” This was clearly misleading. He was not “escorted from the site.” He was taken away by ambulance on a spinal board and cervical collar on a stretcher.'
"[This], which effectively amounts to ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassment - and particularly whilst Pat O'Donnell remains unjustly incarcerated - I have decided not to meet with you or any of your agents in relation to the proposed Corrib gas project for the forseeable future."
"Yes this is a clear finding that in one of the longest running protests in the State, which raises very serious questions about the disproporationate application of the law to the powerful and, legally speaking, the powerless in society, the police of our State have breached fundamental rights of the campaigners. This is not a case which should be glanced over."
"This is a complete waste of resources and scarce resources I might add when you consider that we are struggling to keep beds open in Belmullet hospital. It is a complete waste of money to bring these people to court and to keep Pat O'Donnell in jail and separated from his family."