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Betty Schult

"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."

— Betty Schult - local resident speaking at the Peoples' Forum entitled "Human Rights in Erris"

Gerry Coyle

"Rules and laws are made by people and rules and laws can be changed by people"

— Gerry Coyle - Fine Gael county councillor from Belmullet

Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

"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."

— An Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin replying after Pat Rabbitte's speech on oil and gas exploration

Bjørnar Nicolaisen

"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."

— Bjørnar Nicolaisen - secretary of Norwegian fishermen's union Andøy Fiskarlag - warns of the consequences of seismic surveys

As things now stand, Shell’s proposed Corrib project is made up as follows:

"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.

‘Nuff said!"

— Maura Harrington in email to John Donovan

Patrick Diskin

Campaigner after getting assaulted by Supt. Diskin “Your turning out to be no better than Gannon

Supt. Patrick Diskin - “Fuck off

— Superintendent Patrick Diskin while dealing with a peaceful protest

Colm Rapple

"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 "

— Colm Rapple - Irish Mail on Sunday

Governor Shumlin

"Very soon, there is going to be a shortage of clean water on this planet. Drinking water will be more valuable than oil or natural gas. Human beings have survived for thousands of years without oil or natural gas. We have never known humanity or life on this planet to survive without clean water."

— Governor Shumlin speaking as Vermont decides to ban fracking

Oireachtas Committee

"Ireland only taxes the profits of such enterprises [petroleum exploration and production]. There is no per unit tax or levy as in other countries and Ireland's tax rate is relatively low.  The State also does not take an ownership stake in the field or demand royalties. Thus on this basis, Ireland's tax regime is generous in comparison to that of other countries. "

— Oireachtas Committee report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Leo Mulrooney

"I put it to you, that the evidence you have given here is entirely based on lies, save for your name, your station and the location where this incident occurred."

— Defence barrister Leo Mulrooney questioning Garda Justin Browne just before the Judge dismissed an appeal case against Corrib campaigner, Ray Hanrahan