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Quotes

OSSL Invoice

"Remove two thirds of remaining alchohol and transport on the instruction of Mr. Conor Byrne Shell E&P Ireland to Belmullet Garda Station to meet with Chief Superintendent John Gilligan, Garda James Gill, Garda Dermot Butler - transfer alchohol to the safe keeping of the three aforementiond gentleman....

Remove the remaining alchohol from Ossl container and using an unmarked vehicle deliver the balance to Athlone town and meet on the Athlone by-pass with a Garda Superintendent Liam Grimes of the sub aqua division of An Garda Siochana pass the remaining alchohol to Superintendent Grimes"

— OSSL Invoice - which claims to have given €29,500 worth of alcohol to named Gardaí who policed Corrib protests

Margaret Sekaggya

"Investigate all allegations and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner"

— Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders making a recommendation the Government

Hugh Mackay

"The geological ingredients here are good. The fiscal terms are fantastic"

— Europa CEO Hugh Mackay on Ireland's oil and gas terms. (Europa got 2 of the licences in Pat Rabbitte's 2011 oil and gas giveaway)

Donal O'Kelly

"In the world and In the state we're living in the fulcrum [of balance] is placed very much towards the point of view of the holders of power. Why on earth should I further add to the enormous wave of PR that is in favour of Shell Corrib Gas Project, ... I don't feel any obligation to put my weight behind what I consider the existing bias."

— Donal O'Kelly on RTE after being questioned on his responsibility to give a "rounded view" of the Corrib Gas Project

"And if compulsory acquisitions are ordered against local residents, we will see for the first time in the history of the Irish state, the lands of private citizens being controlled by mercenaries under the name IRMS Security, paid for by Shell."

— Niall Harnett from Castlerea Prision in his submission to Bord Pleanala

Pat Kenny

"It’s [the oil and gas giveaway] a crazy situation..... The answer to that is obviously very simple.  If we get nothing out of it or very little out of it, leave it in the ground, sunshine. Someday it will be gettable and profitable, if it’s not profitable now.   There’s no point.  What is the point in taking anything out if you get nothing out of it. "

— Pat Kenny - finally coming around to the Shell to Sea view on the oil and gas giveaway

Margaret Sekaggya

"I am concerned about the situation and challenges faced by defenders and activists defending the right to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, particularly those peacefully protesting against the Corrib Gas project in County Mayo....

I have received very serious allegations and some evidence of acts of intimidation, harassment and surveillance of those who oppose the Corrib Gas project, both by the part of the Garda Síochána (police) and the private security firm.  I have also received credible reports indicating the existence of a pattern of criminalization of what has mostly been a peaceful protest movement"

— UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya

Together with so many others I have a deep and abiding love of Place and it breaks my heart – but not my spirit – and grieves my soul to witness the ugliness, misery and menace created in what may truly be called a Place of Divine Beauty, increasingly rare in a planet under stress.

— Maura Harrington, submission to UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights defenders to Ireland,

Donal O'Kelly

"What's been allowed to happen in Erris for the last ten years regarding the Shell Corrib gas project has significantly devalued the standard of democracy in Ireland. It is a symptom of a wider malaise, for which we're paying by selling off our independence, our very status as a democratic state - lack of proper participatory democratic process." 

— Donal O'Kelly- Benbo Productions

Michael Burke

"There is a long history of pillage of Ireland's natural resources, beginning with England's deforestation of the country for its navy. More recently, domestic politicians have continued that trend." 

— Michael Burke - The Guardian