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March 2010

Agallamh le Mícheál Ó Seighin

Seosamh Mac Muirí

Iar-phríomhoide meánscoile, duine de Chúigear Ros Dumhach agus fonnadóir agus ceoltóir é Mícheál Ó Seighin.

Green failures again criticised by de Búrca

Deaglán de Bréadún - Irish Times

THE GREEN party should withdraw from the coalition with Fianna Fáil “sooner rather than later”, former party senator Déirdre de Búrca has said in a further stinging critique of her former colleagues.

The party had found itself supporting legislation that “conflicts with its fundamental principles”, particularly on Nama, Ms de Búrca claimed.

Erris rally in support of jailed O'Donnell

Mayo Advertiser

 A motorised convoy took part in a rally on Sunday in support of jailed Shell to Sea protester Pat O'Donnell. The rally went from Mr O'Donnell's home place at Porturlin, travelled through much of Erris, and finished at Ballyglass Pier fishing port. Mr O'Donnell was sent to Castlerea prison recently for seven months for breaching the peace and obstructing gardaí.

Approval of Corrib may be examined


The Irish Times - Friday, March 5, 2010


THE STATE and oil giant Shell have lost their bid to stop two Mayo residents pursuing High Court claims as to whether a ministerial consent given eight years ago for the Shell Corrib gas pipeline is valid.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy ruled yesterday that Brendan Philbin and Bríd McGarry were entitled to have that issue and other public law claims determined by the court.

Support fossil industry prisoner Pat O'Donnell

Bristling Badger

Shell have been planning to drill gas fields off the Western Irish coast at Rossport, County Mayo. There has been a concerted campaign against them, including comprehensive and relentless local opposition bolstered by campaigners from further afield.

This is about transnational corporations getting governments to give them rights to resources, whilst those same corporations ride roughshod over local communities. It's about the local impacts and dangers of building the gas pipeline. It's about the lunacy of drilling more fossil fuels as climate change takes hold. If you have any ability to understand injustice, you will see it plainly at Rossport.

Independent inquiry needed into the sinking of the Iona Isle

Kernan Andrews - Galway Advertiser

 Now more than ever there is a need for an independent inquiry into the sinking of Pat O’Donnell’s boat the Iona Isle, according to Independent councillor Catherine Connolly.

Councillor Connolly tabled a motion last June calling for the Galway City Council to call on the Government to set up an independent investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel off the coast of Erris Head as a matter of urgency.

Release Pat O’Donnell and bring the Corrib gas field back into public control

Joe Higgins - MEP

Having travelled from Dublin on Friday to visit Pat O’Donnell in Castlerea Prison, I was encouraged by Pat stating that he was well treated and well respected by prison staff. However, it is an outrage that Pat O’Donnell finds himself in prison at all. He is a victim of the criminalisation of decent people involved in peaceful protest in Erris which highlights the handover of an entire natural resource to a multinational corporation, with not a cent in royalties for the Irish people.

Blinkered Corrib advocacy must be challenged

Seán Harrington - Letter in the Western People

SIR – It’s interesting to note that Mr Brendan Cafferty has finally summoned up the courage to peep over the parapet after the credibility of his beloved Corrib gas project was utterly and comprehensively destroyed by An Bord Pleanála’s decision of last October.

MEP visits ‘decent’ criminal, ‘The Chief’ in Castlerea jail

Marian Harrison - Western People

MEP Joe Higgins visited jailed Shell to Sea activist Pat ‘The Chief ‘ O’Donnell in Castlerea Prison on Friday last.

A rally in support of the fisherman was also held in Erris over the weekend.

The Socialist Party representative said he found Mr O’Donnell in good form but was outraged at his jailing.