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March 2010

Press Notice: Frances Black to play free gig for jailed Mayo fisherman.

Press Notice: Seisiún Ceoil, 2pm, Saturday 13th March 2010 at Castlerea Prison
Issued by Shell to Sea

Frances Black will join a host of musicians and singers in support of imprisoned fisherman Pat O’Donnell. The event will take place from 2pm-6pm on Saturday 13th March outside Castlerea prison, as Mr O’Donnell enters his second month in prison.

Shell seeks tenders for onshore pipeline to service gas field

Barry O Halloran - Irish Times

OIL EXPLORATION company Shell is seeking tenders for the design and construction of an underground onshore pipeline to service the Corrib natural gas field.

The multinational is considering housing a 5km onshore pipe that will convey the gas from its landfall to a terminal in a tunnel running through Sruwaddacon Bay, Co Mayo, according to a notice published in the official journal of the EU and on the Government’s e-tenders website.

It is seeking tenders from companies to design and build the tunnel, pipeline and accompanying services.

Residents to take case against Shell

Marian Harrison - Western People

ROSSPORT residents have been given permission to take a case against Shell, writes Marian Harrison.

The State and Shell had asked the High Court to halt an action by Bríd McGarry and Brendan Philbin alleging that ministerial consents given for the Corrib gas pipeline breached European law and the principles of natural and constitutional justice.

However, Justice Mary Laffoy ruled that the defendants could proceed with their claim against Shell.

Rossport Five men refused entry to jail

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

LORNA SIGGINS Western Correspondent

THE IRISH Prison Service has apologised to three members of the Rossport Five who were refused entry to Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon, yesterday to visit Erris fisherman Pat O’Donnell.

An Irish Prison Service spokeswoman said it was “unfortunate” that access had been refused at the last minute yesterday morning.

Enda Kenny called on to show leadership on Corrib gas

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

If Enda Kenny wants to be Taoiseach, let him show his leadership qualities by addressing a bitter controversy in his own back yard, the protracted Corrib gas saga. That is the view of Labour town councillor, Harry Barrett, who yesterday told The Mayo News that ‘what has gone on in north Mayo, in the name of the State, has been an insult to democracy and the rights of the citizen under the constitution’.
“This controversy has gone on for far too long. Enda Kenny aspires to be leader of the country and this is on our own doorsteps and now needs to be resolved. We have a multi-billion euro resource on the edge of this county and we have had nothing but community turmoil over it,” said Cllr Barrett.

Government must 'take back control' of North Sea oil and gas production

Terry Macalister - The Guardian

Energy expert Peter Odell says state authority would ensure companies work in the national interest.

Ministers must wrench back control of oil and gas production from the private sector if Britain is to maximise the value of the remaining reserves in the North Sea, a respected petroleum academic has warned.

Ireland: Support urged for jailed Shell protester

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot - Agence Bretagne Presse

There have been continued demonstrations in Co Mayo in support of Pat O'Donnell who was jailed for a total of seven months in February as part of ongoing opposition by local people to the controversial Shell Gas project on the North Mayo coast.

Last weekend there was a motorised rally through the area to demonstrate support for Mr O'Donnell.

Barrett welcomes court judgement

Mayo Advertiser

The State and Shell have lost their bid to stop two Mayo citizens pursuing High Court claims as to whether a ministerial consent given eight years ago for the Shell gas pipeline is valid. The decision was welcomed by Cllr Harry Barrett. Judge Laffoy ruled last week that Brendan Philbin and Bríd McGarry were allowed to have that issue and other public law claims ruled on by the court.

Dear Pat


I hope you’re well, and still adjusting ok to Castlerea. Things are pretty good here, and it’s been great to see people really getting it together with the solidarity actions over the last couple of weeks.

Craig Murray on Pat O Donnell's jailing

Craig Murray

Craig Murray is a human rights activist, writer, former British Ambassador, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Lancaster School of Law.


The jailing of Pat O'Donnell in Ireland for seven months for "obstructing a Garda" seems an appalling attempt to end local environmental opposition to a massive Shell pipeline project. Having seen so much of Shell's appalling bullying of local communities in the Niger Delta, I did not really expect to see the same behaviour in Ireland.