"That was the first time Ireland tested out the state – corporate nexus. What they were doing was very simple. They were sorting out their template here in Rossport. The line is: 'go in hard',"
"I take issue with Pat Rabbitte dismissing us, citizens as 'these people here', when he's addressing a conference organised by Notre Dame University and being addressed by Exxon Mobil. In a way, it sums up his attitude, ignore any concerns from our community in Mayo or other Irish citizens, while telling Shell and other oil companies exactly what they want to hear".
"This brutal change of our lives has been forced on all of us, nobody can escape the reality of what happens when a multinational succeeds in manipulating a Government, and when greed and recklessness seem to rule."
"It will come to a point when we will be liberated and when ecological crimes will have to be rated the same as war crimes. Ecocide has to be recognised and Shell and Government should be held liable for crimes against Mother Earth around the world"
"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."