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November 2009

Inver remembers Nigerian leader Ken Saro Wiwa

Western People

THE annual Ken Saro Wiwa Memorial Seminar takes place in Inver this weekend. The Justice and Peace Organisation, Afri, will take part in a series of events in the local community centre on Saturday next, November 28.

Oppose Government Policies on our Natural Resources.

Kieran McNulty - Socialist Workers Party

Throughout the summer the Ross Port area of North East Mayo resembled something from a police state rather than supposedly part of a democratic society.  On June 10th for example, thirty people appeared in court in Bellmullet due to their peaceful protests against Shell’s gas project in Ross Port. 

Maura Harrington has been in prison four times and Niall Harnett at one stage faced spending up to eight months in prison.

Rights body Afri plans citizenship campaign

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

PEACE AND human rights organisation Afri plans to initiate a national “active citizenship” campaign in the new year as it says “traditional sources of authority have proven to be ineffective”.

Press Release: Dublin Shell to Sea - Bolivian citizens request Irish Government to investigate Irish security firm, IRMS

Dublin Shell to Sea
Press Notice - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea, on behalf of the Bolivian Confederation of Peasant Workers
Friday, 20th November 2009
Bolivian citizens request Irish Government to investigate Irish security firm, IRMS, due to its links with mercenaries operating in Bolivia.
11 a.m., Friday, 20th November 2009

Bolivian Peasant leader comes to Ireland to demand IRMS investigation

Andrew - WSM - Indymedia

A leader of the Bolivian Confederation of Peasant Workers (CSUTCB) is in Ireland this weekend to visit the local people who continue to resist Shell's experimental gas pipeline in Rossport and to demand that the Irish government investigate the role of Shell's security company IRMS in the attempt to start a civil war in Bolivia. Meanwhile in the wake of the An Bord Planala decision Shell's dangerous experimental pipe has been exposed as just that and many people are starting to question the wisdom of giving the energy corporations 420 billion of oil and gas for next to nothing.

Errors made over Corrib gas, says Kenny

Áine Ryan - Irish Times

FINE GAEL leader and Mayo TD Enda Kenny has said "mistakes were made" in the county over the controversial Corrib gas project.

Mr Kenny, who had been largely silent to date about the protracted dispute, told delegates at a business conference in Cork last Friday: "Mistakes were made in Mayo. People's rights were trampled on. Their rights were moved aside."

He was responding to a question from the floor about foreign inward investment, during which he addressed the potential of the renewable energy industry.

Mistakes made in Corrib saga – Kenny

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Fine Gael leader believes ‘rights of people were trampled on and moved aside’

Irish grass roots clog Shell oil pipeline

John Murray Brown - Financial Times

As the road approaches the Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy on Ireland's Atlantic west coast, only the posters pinned to the telegraph poles give any hint of the country's longest-running environmental protest.

The uninterrupted view of green fields running down to the ocean could be a screen-grab from an advertisement for the Irish Tourist Board.

But for the past four years this remote but beautiful corner of north Mayo has been the setting for a bitter industrial dispute. At times, hundreds of police have been deployed to break up pickets. And this summer, the tiny hamlets of Glengad and Rossport looked on as two Irish navy frigates moored in Broadhaven Bay, apparently there to stop the protesters' dinghies interfering with the Solitaire, Shell's vast pipe-laying ship.

Exactly how a grass-roots campaign led by a retired schoolteacher and a handful of hill farmers and lobster pot fishermen has frustrated Ireland's most important energy project perplexes industry experts.

Audio: The struggle against tar sands extraction in Alberta

Andrew - Indymedia

As conventional sources of oil become rarer the energy corporations have started the mass extraction of oil from the tar sands of Alberta. This is a filthy process that involves vast open cast mines, tailing ponds that can be seen from space and the use of huge quantities of water and energy making it a major cause of climate change. On Saturday Heather Milton Lightening of the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke to a national Shell to Sea meeting in Dublin about this struggle (last night she spoke in Inver, Erris).

The Corrib Gas ruling

Ed Moran - Mayo News

“The most glaring [problem is] that the five kilometre route through Rossport is refused and Sruwaddacon Bay must be re-considered.  This route was already exhaustively considered and judged to be nonviable by route consultants RPS on both technical and environmental grounds.  So where can it possibly go in that light.”