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October 2009

Garda Ombudsman looks at Corrib complaints

RTE news

An official from the Garda Ombudsman Commission is to travel to Mayo to outline how it is dealing with complaints about gardaí arising from the controversy of the Corrib gas project.

Over 100 complaints against individual gardaí have been lodged with the Commission.

Head of communications Kieran Fitzgerald will brief members of the North West Forum at a meeting in Rossport on the progress which has been made on these complaints.

Garda given incorrect information before protest took place

Irish Times

THE GARDA at the centre of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission decision had been given incorrect information before the Pollathomas protest took place, and said at the time that he was unaware that a solicitor for the landowner was trying to contact him by telephone.

Shell had notified Mayo County Council on June 8th, 2007, that it intended to use Pollathomas pier for crews involved in a survey of Sruwaddacon estuary, and that it proposed erecting a temporary “office” on the pier.

Watchdog recommends disciplining senior garda


THE GARDA Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against a senior member of An Garda Síochána in relation to the handling of a protest over Corrib gas in north Mayo over two years ago.

Supt. Joe Gannon

That’s gas! Spoof e-mail cons national media

Marian Harrison - Western People

A SPOOF email, circulated last week, conned people into thinking Shell had been given permission for the new Corrib gas route.

According to the release, which was “sent from An Bord Pleanála”, Shell must build a new garda barracks on the gas pipeline and Shell workers must remove every frog from the Rossport commonage by hand and not by JCB!

National journalists took to the airwaves announcing the decision, only to realise their mistake later in the day.

David versus Goliath in a Mayo bog

Marilyn Horan - Irish Echo

October 21, 2009 A controversy in Ireland nine years in the making is poised to reach its climax this week. The planning commission, An Bord Pleanála, delivers its decision to approve or deny Shell permission to lay a final stretch of pipeline across the five miles of boggy terrain that separate the Atlantic pipeline and the processing plant.


Planning decision for Corrib onshore pipeline to be made next month

Anton McNulty - Mayo News

THE decision by An Bord Pleanála regarding planning permission for the controversial Corrib gas onshore pipeline will not be made until next month.
The board of An Bord Pleanála (ABP) are due to meet this week to discuss the application by Shell EP Ireland to modify the gas onshore pipeline route, but a spokesperson for ABP said the decision is unlikely to be made this week.

Would You Believe? - Feature Corduff family

The RTE show, Would You Believe?, this week featured the Corduff family's struggle against Shell and the State.  It was shown on RTE1 on the 25th Oct 09.

Features interviews with Willie, Mary and Liam Corduff as well as some footage from Pollathomais Pier on the 11th June 07.

Credit due to Mick Pello & co for producing and getting a show on RTE, finally, where some of the concerns with the Corrib Gas Project are aired.

See it online here:

Planning board defers key Corrib pipeline decision


AN BORD Pleanála has deferred a key decision due to be have been delivered yesterday on the controversial Corrib gas onshore pipeline in north Mayo.

The appeals board told The Irish Times that Shell EP Ireland’s application to modify the gas onshore pipeline route was under “active consideration” during board meetings that took place from Wednesday to Friday of this week.

Decision on Corrib pipeline delayed

RTE news

A decision by An Bord Pleanála on the controversial Corrib gas pipeline - which was expected this evening - has been deferred for two weeks.

A spokesman for the board said the planning application would be given further consideration by board members again next week and a decision was likely to be announced the following week.

The application, which centred on the re-routing of the 9km pipeline taking it further away from houses in the Rossport area of north Co Mayo, was lodged in February.