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February 2010

Councillor criticises jailing of Shell to Sea activist

By: 
Anton McNulty - Mayo News

THE jailing of Shell to Sea protesters serves no purpose according to an Erris councillor who said that the jailing of a local fisherman was indicative of the way the Corrib gas project has been handled.
Last week, fisherman Pat O’Donnell was jailed for seven months in Castlebar Circuit where Shell to Sea activists were branded ‘vigilantes’, ‘thugs’ and ‘bullies’ and were criticised for acting like a ‘secret police’ by the sentencing judge.

Pat O'Donnell - "Hero and Friend" not "Bully and Thug"

By: 
Roowyrm - Shell to Sea UK

Shell to Sea UK Show support for the Chief

Disgust at the travesty of justice that sent Pat "The Chief" O'Donnell to prison was expressed at the first UK Shell to Sea gathering

Massive Works Planned in Erris Waters while "The Chief" in Jail

By: 
Shelver - Rossport Solidarity Camp

Shell Plans to Occupy Broadhaven Bay & Sruth Fhada Chonn Estuary in 2010

Shell plan massive maritime activity for 2010, in Broadhaven Bay to secure the off-shore pipeline, and in Sruth Fhada Chonn estuary to survey a new route for the onshore Corrib gas pipeline. Submissions on the foreshore application close on Feb 23rd.

 

The offshore offshore Environmental Management Plan (EMP) gives details of Shell’s plans to lay concrete and rock over and around the off shore Corrib gas pipeline laid last year to fasten it in place. According to the plans survey work would be carried out during March and April, with the massive concrete and rock placing operation lasting from May right through to September.

Court Report from Mayo

By: 
Shelver - Rossport Solidarity Camp

Pat O’Donnell jailed as Shell Prepare for Extensive work in Broadhaven Bay

Yesterday in Castlebar circuit court, appeals involving Shell to Sea campaigners were concluded or deferred, with no further prison sentences being handed out. This follows the jailing on Wednesday of local fisherman Pat O’Donnell, who was sentenced to 7 months in jail for convictions of “breach of the peace” and of "obstructing a Garda".

No justice for Shell to Sea campaigners as judge jails fisherman

By: 
Socialist Workers Party

On Thursday, Shell to Sea campaigner and local fisherman Pat O'Donnell was sentenced to seven months in jail in Castlebar Circuit Court.

Gardai alleged that Pat O'Donnell was part of a group of protestors who surrounded an unmarked garda surveillance vehicle and "intimidated" the cops inside.

The judge, Raymond Groarke, upheld a charge of an alleged “breach of the peace” and allegedly "obstructing a Garda".

Shell to Sea Appeals Conclude at Castlebar Circuit Court

By: 
Shell to Sea

Today in Castlebar circuit court, appeals involving Shell to Sea campaigners were concluded or deferred, with no further prison sentences being handed out. This follows the jailing yesterday of local fisherman Pat O’Donnell.
 
Terence Conway - who had faced a driving ban of four years for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident – was acquitted.

Pat O'Donnell jailed for 7 months for opposing Shell

By: 
Shell to Sea

This afternoon in Castlebar Circuit Court, Shell to Sea campaigner and local fisherman Pat O Donnell (52) was sentenced to 7 months in jail after being found guilty of an alleged “breach of the peace” and allegedly "obstructing a Garda".


 

In total 21 people appeared before Mayo courts today in relation to protests against the Corrib Gas Project. Fourteen campaigners appeared before Belmullet District court which were all adjourned until March, while seven were involved in appeal cases before Judge Raymond Groarke in Castlebar Circuit Court.

Fisherman jailed for 7 months for opposing Shell's inland refinery

By: 
Dublin Shell to Sea

FISHERMAN JAILED FOR 7 MONTHS FOR OPPOSING SHELL’S INLAND REFINERY

-- Campaigners still being criminalised despite vindication by An Bord Pleanála --

Erris fisherman and prominent Shell to Sea campaigner Pat O’Donnell (52) has been jailed for a total of seven months after losing his appeals against convictions for an alleged "breach of the peace" and allegedly "obstructing a garda". The sentences were handed down at a Circuit Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar.

Corrib gas protesters meet ministers

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

As new twists in the Corrib gas saga emerge, some protesters appear in court while others meet two government ministers in Leinster House

Shell to Sea protesters lose their appeals

By: 
Tom Shiel - Irish Times

A LEADING Shell to Sea campaigner lost his appeal at the Circuit Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar yesterday against a conviction for assaulting a garda at Glengad beach, Co Mayo, where gas from the Corrib field will be brought ashore.

Niall Harnett, Glengad, Pollathomas, but a native of Co Clare, was convicted and sentenced to four months in jail by Judge Gerard Haughton at a special sitting of Belmullet District Court late last year for assaulting Garda Hugh Egan on September 13th, 2008.