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April 2010

Niall Harnett jailed for 6 months

 Niall Harnett was today (Wednesday) sentenced to six months in Castlerea prison at Ballina Circuit court, for protests against Shell's proposed experimental pipeline. Mr Harnett had a sentence of six months imposed after refusing to undertake satisfactory community service. The sentence was in relation to a 'Reclaim the Beach' protest in the summer of 2008 where Mr Harnett went to the aid of another protestor who was being assaulted by Gardai. He also had a five month sentence confirmed by the court – these sentences will be served concurrently. Mr Harnett further had a two year driving ban affirmed. 


Shell responds to 409 letters from community

Áine Ryan , The Mayo News

Tuesday, 20 April 2010 09:10
Shell responds to 409 letters

Áine Ryan

SHELL responded yesterday (Monday) to the signatories of 409 copies of a letter sent to the company a week ago by members of the local community, affected by the controversial Corrib gas project.

Protest at Bacton Gas Terminal

Eastern Daily Press

Environmental campaigners have been arrested after staging a protest at Bacton Gas Terminal blocking the main road out of the village for seven hours.

A group of around a dozen protestors from activist group Earth First UK, gathered on the B1159 road near to Bacton Gas Terminal at 7am this morning , attaching themselves to steel arm tubes and laying across the road.

They also erected a banner across the road reading, 'Shell Stop At Nothing'.

The Bacton Road was closed to traffic until 2pm today when the protestors were removed by police.

Shell gas terminal blockaded, Bacton, Norfolk, UK 7am April 19th

Solidarity With The Chief

Solidary with Pat O'Donnell and against Shell on Earth!

Around 25 activists have set up 2 blockades around the Shell Gas terminal in Bacton, Norfolk, UK in solidarity with Pat O'Donnell & the community in Rossport, Mayo and against the destruction of environment and communities by Shell world-wide.

New Song by Mickey Coleman about Pat O'Donnell

Singer/Songwriter Mickey Coleman has written a great new song about Pat O'Donnell and the Shell to Sea campaign

Listen to the song here:

Erris News - April 2010


Solidarity with fisherman Pat O’Donnell

Our natural resources should be nationalised

Gerry Casey - Letter to Connaught Telegraph - 13/04/10


Tom Kelly's front-page article (April 6) reveals planned cuts of up to €10 million at Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar.

This at the same time as they pump billions of euros of taxpayers money into bailing out the banks.

This administration insist there is no alternative to such cuts.  This is untrue.  Éirígí insist that the one per cent of the population who control 34 per cent of the wealth be taxed on the billions they amassed on the backs of workers during the so-called "Celtic Tiger".

Éirígí warn of potential conflict over onshore gas exploration in north-west

Éirígí Sligeach

Sligo éirígí activist Gerry Casey has slammed the Fianna Fáil/ Green party coalition for inviting applications for licences to carry out onshore prospecting for natural gas in the north-west. He also highlighted the potential for disputes similar to that ongoing in the Rossport area of north Mayo if they proceed under the current licencing arrangements.

400 letters delivered to Shell Belmullet offices

Western People

More than 400 letters outlinging the grievances of the Kilcommon community over the Corrib project were delivered to Shell's offices in Belmullet yesterday (Monday).  \

The community say they refuse to meet with Shell while what "effectively amounts to ongoing and escalating physical and psychological harassment" continues in the area.

The letters dismiss as hollow Shell's proposed consultation exercise.