"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
"There is a rich irony in the events of last week. Locals involved in the Corrib Gas protest have received criminal convictions for blocking roads. But when Shell blocks a road it is slavishly faciltated by the local council and up to 150 gardaí - all paid for by the taxpayer."
"This tunnel boring machine means the rape of the environment and the rape of our natural resources. That Shell is using armed protection from the state means we live in a banana republic. Where you have occupation you have resistance."
"All the costs are deducted from revenue before declaring a taxable profit.....In effect, therefore, the taxpayer will be subsidising Providence's ongoing exploration programme, including the well planned for the Kish bank offshore Dalkey in south Co. Dublin. But we won't be getting any ownership stake in anything found there either."
"But in my view we do not own fundamental rights as human beings just because we exist. Our human rights were not given to us by a higher power; they were recognized and declared by people like you and me. If ordinary people in ordinary communities like ours do not keep using them, claiming them all the time, if we neglect to improve and expand and practice them, then we will lose them."
"His only concrete statement was that he did not wish to be negative or undersell Ireland as a location for exploration investment, but he is underselling Ireland. Is he acting on behalf of citizens or the oil companies? His statement today and previous statements seem to place him on the companies’ side."
"The fish went away, Catches went immediately 60% down...And it never came back. It's been 3 years since the last shooting they did and it never came back...
It [Seismic shooting] scares fish at least at distances of 18 nautical miles (which is about 33km),
Co-existence is impossible."
"As things now stand, Shell’s proposed Corrib project is made up as follows:
- The wellhead is in an earthquake zone
- The landfall is in a landslide zone
- The refinery is in a bog and may, or may not, be subsiding.
"Minister Rabbitte was asked to delay issuing the [exploration] options until the Committee had concluded its deliberations. He refused, showing scant regard for democracy or the rights of elected representatives to influence government policy. He preferred to take a Stalinist approach, accepting the advice of his department officials "