“I experience it in every community [companies splitting communities]. It’s the same story whether it’s Erris (Co. Mayo), Leitrim, whether it’s the people threatened by fracking now; it’s exactly the same story. The same psychological war-fare is being got ready for them ..... God forgive companies for what they do to communities.”
“I have witnessed and experienced the Garda violence that is used against protestors on a daily basis. I participated in a peaceful sit-down protest in front of a truck used by Shell that had been mounted by a protester. In order to remove our peaceful sit-down protest, the Gardaí used a level of violence deliberately designed to inflict pain on the protestors. They repeatedly called for each other to target protesters’ pressure points. What this meant was made clear when my left ear was twisted repeatedly to the point of excruciating pain and I was repeatedly poked beneath the ribs in a sensitive area causing significant pain. I was also hit on the head and was violently dragged and pulled in such a manner as to rip my jumper.”
"The other [folly] is the idiocy of simply giving away all of this potentially vast wealth for next to nothing. And that’s what we’re currently doing. There’s no public stake in any field, no royalty to be paid on the gas and oil, and no control over the sale of the resources when they do flow. All we get is a tax on profits of between 25 and 40 per cent – after all the costs of prospecting and development have been written off. A US government study in 2007 found these to be the most generous terms in the world, except for Cameroon."
“There are also concerns about the actions being carried out by I-RMS, Shell's private security company. These allegations need to be investigated for it is not tolerable for multinationals and their hired goons to engage in bullyboy tactics against ordinary people engaged in legitimate protest."
"Since Ray Burke scrapped the old royalty requirements at a closed door meeting that his senior civil servants advised him not to attend in the 1980s, government after government has stood behind the Great Oil & Gas Giveaway. GSOC and Alan Shatter are minor players in a multibillion euro game that has played out over two decades. It is estimated that Oil & Gas in Irish waters is worth in the region of €640 billion, a sum of money so vast that we can hardly be surprised if so many dirty tricks are played in order to keep it out of the hands of the people of Ireland."
"I feel sad and disgusted to see all those yellow jackets and machinery destroying what our fathers and forefathers protected. We have no choice now but to go back to protesting on the side of the roads."
"I would like to add this thought, which is a thought about the future.
If we waste this resource, it will be a crime against Irish people. We're in danger of doing it.
I would like to see the abrogation or long-fingering of existing agreements and to open up the situation to the world."
We may not be able to fight these giants individually but collectively we can continue to protest the injustice these corporations meet on our people. Every voice counts, every action counts, every activity counts. Keep it peaceful and never stop. Ken Saro-Wiwa led the way when he gave his life for this struggle and we must all continue to do all it takes to ensure our land and our children’s future are protected.
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.
"Oil companies are entitled to a 100% tax write-off of all exploration and developments costs extending back to 25 years before the field goes into production. These include the costs of all the other unsuccessful wells the company has drilled in Irish waters; the cost of dismantling the project; and costs incurred in other countries. They can even include the legal costs associated with having stubborn farmers committed to prison."
"A 2007 report by the GAO [US Government Accountability Office] examined 142 fiscal systems and confirmed that Ireland had the second lowest rate of government take of all the countries studied (Cameroon had the lowest). Of these 142 fiscal systems, only 34 resulted in government take of less than 50% (50% being twice the rate of Ireland). Indeed, in 60 of these fiscal systems rates of government take are over 70%."