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June 2010

Judgment reserved in Shell contempt case

Mary Carolan - Irish Times

THE HIGH Court yesterday reserved judgment on whether a District Court judge was correct to find Shell E & P Ireland acted in contempt of court orders when it went onto commonage lands at Rossport, Co Mayo, two years ago to carry out site investigations.

The commonage is on the modified route for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline.

More challenging than usual but top marks for topicality

Katherine Donnelly - Irish Independent

FULL marks for topicality on the Leaving Certificate Geography Higher Level paper, which, among other things, featured the recent Haitian earthquake and Irish unemployment rates.

Overall, it was a fair paper with a good range of topics, said teacher Jimmy Staunton of the ASTI and Sligo Grammar School.

Human Rights report from the Table Monitoring Group

Table human rights monitoring group

Table Observers Report No 2

Attached is the Table Observers Report written after observing the 'Shell to Sea' Court Sittings held in Belmullet District Court from the23th to the 26th March 2010.

Annual Rossport Gathering

Bobajob - SHELLTOSEA - Indymedia

Hundreds gather to support Shell to Sea campaign

Major Explosion At Texas Gas Pipeline

Sky News Online

7:31am UK, Tuesday June 08, 2010

Katie Cassidy, Sky News Online

A construction worker died and eight others were injured when a punctured natural gas pipeline exploded in Texas, officials have confirmed.

Cleburne City Manager Chester Nolen initially said that the blast had killed three people and left 10 missing near Cleburne, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dallas, Texas.

A crew building power lines struck the pipeline, unleashing an explosion and a huge fireball that shot hundreds of feet into the sky, according to officials.

The fire raged for hours, fueling a massive plume of smoke and scorching the area before it was finally extinguished.

International solidarity bike ride arrives at Bellanaboy.

For immediate release - 5th June, 2010

International bike ride links communities in resistance:
Merthyr to Mayo cyclists arrive at the Shell refinery in Bellanaboy.
Photos attached. Please email if you would like them in a different size.

Merthyr to Mayo - Castlerea Prison

Merthyr to Mayo

We woke up refreshed after a nights sleep to be proud of – no midnight meetings and no early start- hooray! After a leisurely breakfast, we gathered for an 11am meeting to finalize the plans for our solidarity demonstration at the prison... Pat O Donnell (local fisherman) and Niall Harnett (long term resident of the Rossport Solidarity Camp) are currently serving 5 and 6 months in prison for convictions due to their involvement in the Shell to Sea campaign. For many of us on the ride coming to Castlerea to show our love and respect for Pat and Niall is one of the most important events of the ride. The meeting ended with a lengthy discussion of slogans we can prerecord to blast over the prison walls. In the end we agree to a chaotic (and slightly unintelligible) English/Gaelic/Spanish combo. After faff, and some more faff, around 60 of us set off en mass to the prison.

Mickey Coleman plays to a crowd and a wall

Merthyr to Mayo cyclists at Castlerea

Bobajob - Shell to Sea

Niall and Pat - Political Prisoners

Inquiry into fires near Corrib gas terminal

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

GARDAÍ IN Mayo are investigating a series of forest fires close to the Corrib gas terminal at Ballinaboy, as fire services and Coillte fought to extinguish a new blaze yesterday.

Gardaí also said extra resources had been deployed to north Mayo this weekend, in the event of protests at a GAA national Gaeltacht tournament sponsored by Shell EP Ireland.

Belmullet defend Shell sponsorship

Irish Times

BELMULLET GAA club in north Co Mayo have defended their decision to accept money from the developers of the controversial Corrib gas project to sponsor a Gaeltacht GAA tournament this weekend.

Locals opposed to the contentious gas pipeline and terminal have renamed the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta tournament this weekend as “Shell-Peil”.

But Belmullet GAA club, which last year received €450,000 from Shell and its partners towards a €1.8 million clubhouse development, have defended the decision to accept the sponsorship money.