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December 2009

All Shell to Sea prisoners now released

Just to let everyone know that there is currently noone from the campaign in prison . 

Pat O Donnell, Martin McDonnell and Gary Bohan were released from Castlerea prison last night (Thursday 17th December) pending an appeal of their conviction for obstruction of Gardaí.

Maura Harrington was released from Mountjoy on Monday (14th December) pending her appeal, after spending the weekend in prison after she was convicted of criminal damage to Shell nets in Glengad that were put up to prevent sandmartins nesting in the area.

Shell’s promise of a bright future turns out to be yet another false dawn

Fred Pearce - Guardian

Oil company has been splashing out on ads about its shallow commitment to low-carbon technologies during Copenhagen

Editors must love Shell. Almost whatever I have read about climate change and the UN talks in Copenhagen in recent weeks, it has been flanked by the familiar Shell logo somewhere in the background.

Royal Dutch Shell branded world’s second worst corporate lobbyist for heavily polluting oil sands industry

Daily Telegraph

Oil firms attacked for tar sands pollution

Oil companies have come under pressure at Copenhagen to scale back investment in production from tar sands, as Royal Dutch Shell was branded the world’s second worst corporate lobbyist for its support of the industry.

Published: 9:44PM GMT 15 Dec 2009

Press Release: Criminalisation of protest continues with sentencing to prison of three men

Today in Castlebar District Court, Pat O'Donnell, Martin McDonnell and Gary Bohan were given three 6-month prison sentences each (to be served concurrently) in relation to a protest in support of Maura Harrington, who was on hunger strike at the time. This continues a policy of criminalisation of the community for their protests against the imposition of this untreated high pressure pipeline on their area. 10 people have now been given prison sentences for their opposition to Shell. All three were released with leave to appeal on a bond.


Judge Haughton flew over the cuckoo’s nest…


I had the slightly surreal experience last week of sitting in Belmullet Court House, half-reading ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, and half-listening to Judge Haughton and the Gardai dispensing their own form of ‘justice’.

Corrib gas 'giveaway'

Letters - Irish Times


A chara, – The jailing of retired school principal and Shell To Sea campaigner Maura Harrington on December 10th demonstrates once again that there is no length to which the State will not go to silence opposition to the great Corrib gas giveaway.

The silence surrounding this monumental scandal in Ireland Inc has been deafening.

Being a Shell critic is potentially a very dangerous pursuit

John Donovan -

After being described in a recent Reuters article as a prominent Shell critic, it seemed sensible to check out on Google how other Shell critics have fared. Are there any risks involved, other than the obvious – litigation?

The Google results are not reassuring.

Press Release: Maura Harrington jailed for nine months for causing €160 damage to Shell net

Yesterday in Belmullet District Court, Maura Harrington was sentenced to nine months in prison by Judge Gerard Haughton in relation to cutting a net beside Shell's compound at Glengad. The damage to the net amounted to just 160 euro, and took place in an area that An Bord Pleanala have since stated does not have planning permission. This sentence was initially suspended, but was activated when Ms. Harrington refused to sign a bond binding her to the peace, thereby restricting her right to protest against Shell.


Press Release: Dublin Shell to Sea calling protest outside Mountjoy prison at 5pm

Today in Belmullet District Court, Maura Harrington was sentenced to nine months suspended sentence by Judge Gerald Haughton. The charge came after an action by the local community and supported by members of Shell to Sea campaign to remove nets placed on the beach head at Glengad which is a SAC (special area of conservation) to prevent sand martins nesting on the site where Shell plan to bring the raw gas pipeline ashore.

'Fundamental flaws' in Corrib application

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Mayo News - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

FUNDAMENTAL flaws in Shell's application for the Corrib gas route should have led to an outright refusal by An Bord Pleanála (ABP), according to Shell to Sea. That's what the protest group argues in a letter, seen by The Mayo News, and sent recently to the board.