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March 2010

Shell to Sea campaigner gets jail term for assaulting gardaí in courtroom

TOM SHIEL, Belmullet

The Irish Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shell to Sea campaigner gets jail term for assaulting gardaí in courtroom

A PROMINENT Shell to Sea campaigner has been sentenced to five months in prison for assaulting three senior gardaí in a Co Mayo courtroom in March of last year.

Talks on Corrib onshore pipe to begin

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times


SHELL EP Ireland and consultants RPS are to begin a new round of community consultations after Easter on “potential route options” for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline.

The developers plan to hold “face-to-face and small group meetings” within the community, rather than the open forum format adopted two years ago.

Update from Belmullet Court

Shell to Sea

Rally for jailed fisherman Pat O'Donnell at Castlerea Prison, Sat 27th March, 3.30pm


Court on Thursday:

The 19 people who had cases outstanding had their charges either dismissed or dropped. 

Judge Haughton ruled that Eoin Lawless had been "unlawfully detained" by Gardaí and dismissed his charges.  Due to this, another 8 related cases were subsequently withdrawn by the State. 

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Press Release: Twenty Seven Shell to Sea Campaigners face Special Court Sittings

Press Release

Monday, 22 March 2010

Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea

27 Shell to Sea campaigners face court "special sitting"

Rudiger - Indymedia

Next week 27 people will face hearing in court in relation to protesting against the Shell's inland refinery and experimental pipeline. A week has been put aside in Belmullet District as a Shell to Sea "special sitting" but as Judge Devins said when putting some in some people for hearing dates, “no preduice can be seen because of its being put into the special sitting”.

State expected to appeal Corrib ruling

Mary Carolan - Irish Times

THE STATE is “almost certain” to appeal against a High Court decision clearing the way for the courts to determine whether the ministerial consent given eight years ago for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline is valid, a judge was told yesterday.

Charles Meenan, for the State, indicated yesterday to Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that it was almost certain an appeal would proceed against her decision last week rejecting his side’s arguments that residents Brendan Philbin and Bríd McGarry were out of time to have certain issues decided by the court.

Éirígí slam Devins over Corrib gas controversy

Éirígí Sligeach

Sligo éirígí activist Gerry Casey has accused local Fianna Fáil Deputy Jimmy Devins of hypocrisy following recent comments in which he called for the extension of the Corrib Gas Field to Sligo and the north-west.

London demo in support of Pat O'Donnell

S - ShelltoSea - Indymedia

With Erris fisherman Pat O'Donnell into his second month in Castlerea Prison, UK Shell to Sea supporters held a demonstration outside the Irish Embassy.

Shell seeks tenders for onshore pipeline work

Marian Harrison - Western People

SHELL has sought tenders for the design and construction of the onshore pipeline through Sruwaddacon Bay.

A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) suggests the company has chosen tunnelling over an open-cut trench to lay the pipe, which will carry the gas the 5km journey from the landfall in Glengad to the terminal at Bellanaboy.

The new route will mean the gas pipeline will be going nowhere near the homes of objectors in Rossport.