“I experience it in every community [companies splitting communities]. It’s the same story whether it’s Erris (Co. Mayo), Leitrim, whether it’s the people threatened by fracking now; it’s exactly the same story. The same psychological war-fare is being got ready for them ..... God forgive companies for what they do to communities.”
"... 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."
"It [Bord Pleanála] found that on the stretch between Glengad and Aghoos, there was an “unacceptable” risk to local people in the event of an explosion. The media response to this development was extremely muted, but its implications are profound.
If the pipeline poses an unacceptable risk, members of the local community didn’t just have a right to protest. They had a duty to do so.
To have sat quietly would have been to recklessly endanger others."
"I have serious concerns that the Government constantly took Shell's side, in effect, throughout this process. The Taoiseach downgraded the role of An Bord Pleanála by proposing to introduce a critical infrastructure Bill. [...]
I contend that he put remarkable and untold pressure on An Bord Pleanála to accept the Government's will and to do the right thing in this case. It is to be deeply regretted that such actions have been bad for the long-term position of An Bord Pleanála as a credible and independent body."
- Eamon Ryan
Recently Bob Hanna. the Chief Technical officer in Ryan's department critised Bord Pleanála on the safety measures they are looking for on the onshore Corrib Gas pipeline.