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July 2010

Pat O’Donnell to be released on Saturday

Anton McNulty - Mayo News

Erris fisherman and Shell to Sea campaigner, Pat O’Donnell is expected to be released from Castlerea Prison this Saturday at 2pm having served five months of a seven month sentence.
Large numbers of supporters are expected to travel to Castlerea from Erris for the release of O’Donnell who was sentenced to seven months in jail on February 10 last at Castlebar Circuit Court.

Jail deterrent ‘almost negligible’ says local judge

Edwin McGreal - Mayo News

[Shell to Sea] The jails might be overcrowded but on Saturday, Pat O Donnell will have served every day of his sentence.  Niall Harnett also remains in jail.  Recently Maura Harrington spent her full 4 days in Mountjoy for not paying a 200 euro fine. 

Jail deterrent ‘almost negligible’ – Devins

Criminals back on streets within hours of being jailed

Providence boost as survey hints at huge oil reservoir

Peter Flanagan - Irish Independent

[Shell to Sea] Please be advised that the Irish Independent is controlled by Tony O Reilly, who also owns oil & gas exploration company Providence Resources.

OIL and gas exploration company Providence Resources received a timely boost yesterday with the news that a site off the west coast of Ireland may be even more productive than was first thought.

Appointment of ombudsman to Corrib gas advised

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

A FORMER board member of Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has advised that the appointment of a new ombudsman trusted by “all stakeholders” may be the only route to resolution of the Corrib gas dispute in north Mayo.

However, the Government should never have permitted construction of the gas infrastructure in the current location, Stein Bredal, a former trade union representative on Statoil’s board, said in Galway at the weekend. Statoil is a partner with Shell and Vermilion Energy in the Corrib gas project.

'The Runway' is best of Irish at film fleadh

Donal Clarke - Irish Times

THE 22ND Galway Film Fleadh ended last night with an awards ceremony that honoured a controversial documentary and a warmly received full-length debut.

The best Irish feature award (in association with Volta Video on Demand) went to Ian Power’s The Runway . Starring Demián Bichir and Kerry Condon, the picture – imbued with the spirit of Frank Capra – follows a young boy as he makes friends with a stranded Colombian aviator in rural Ireland. Power has hitherto been a highly lauded maker of short films.

Anger grows across the world at the real price of 'frontier oil'

Richard Wachman and Jon Stibbs - The Observer

Far from the Gulf of Mexico, campaigners are accusing energy companies of destroying land and livelihoods in the search for increasingly scarce resources.

niger delta

A woman hurries away from the heat of a gas flare near a flow station belonging to Shell in Warri, Nigeria. Photograph: George Osodi/AP

Green Party calls for new terms on exploration rights for Irish gas and oil

Issued: 12 December 2006

Statement by Martin Hogan

The Green Party has called for the terms of the exploration rights of gas and oil off the Irish coast to be redrafted. The Party passed a policy calling for new terms at a recent meeting of its National Council.

Submissions invited on latest gas pipeline

Marian Harrison - Western People

THE public can make submissions on the latest route for the controversial Corrib gas pipeline which Shell now proposes to run through Sruwaddacon Bay, writes Marian Harrison.

An Bord Pleanála has set out a four-week consultation process for the route which will bring untreated gas from the Corrib field to the terminal at Bellanaboy.

Galway Film Fleadh honours Lelia Doolan

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

A TRIBUTE to film-maker and festival co-founder Lelia Doolan and a workshop with actress Annette Bening are among highlights of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh which opens this evening.

Some 18 new Irish films, and several vintage examples from the Irish Film Archive, will be screened, along with world premieres, international features, documentaries, animation and shorts.