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Quotes

First time visitor

"This is the first time I haven't felt depressed about the state of the country in about 4 years, because at last I see some people genuinely fighting against corruption in Ireland"

— First time visitor to the area during the recent week of action

Maura Harrington

"The government has relinquished control over the offshore areas of our industry. Norway was tough regarding oil companies from the start. You now have an almost embarrassingly large pension fund. The situation for Irish communities, however, is as in Ogoniland in Nigeria - oil is a curse,”

— Maura Harrington speaking to Norwegian newspaper, Aftenbladet

Terence Conway

"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.”

— Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway commenting on Shell mistakenly cutting a gas pipe

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