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October 2010

Why do we take it lying down while French take to the streets?

Caroline O’Doherty - Irish Examiner

IT takes a hell of a spectacle to put Lady Gaga in the shade but the eccentric pop star was no match for French bravura this week.
She was forced to cancel her scheduled Monster Ball concerts in Paris today and yesterday because not even her elaborate entourage could guarantee her convoy of trucks would survive the various blockades, strikes, protests and fuel shortages causing mayhem across the country.

The French are up in arms over government plans to increase the retirement age by two years to 62 and the age of qualification for the full state pension to 67.

London Film Festival: The Pipe

The Incredible Suit

When evil multinational corporation Shell (boooo!) threatened to drop a ginormous gas pipe on the village where the hardworking, honest folk of Rossport in Ireland (hooray!) live and work, a David vs Goliath battle began which has raged for nearly a decade, and is documented in unpronounceable director Risteard Ó Domhnaill (let's call him Richie)'s simultaneously infuriating and heartwarming film The Pipe.

Great Reviews for SENSATION and THE PIPE Prior to their Screenings at London Film Festival

Irish Film Board


Sensation is a smart and sexy pleasure and deserves to find distributor attention. This amusing Irish indie might lack star power, but it has a sense of pace and energy that sets it apart and should certainly turn the spotlight on young stars Luanne Gordon and Domhnall (son of Brendan) Gleeson.

Shell to fund Mayo water well

Lorna Siggins & Tom Shiel - Irish Times

SHELL E&P Ireland is to fund drilling of a new production well, but for water, not gas, and in the north Mayo village of Rossport.

The multinational says it is giving €750,000 towards upgrading the village’s water network as a “gesture of goodwill to the Rossport community, which has experienced particular difficulties as a result of the Corrib gas project”.

Dividing LINE

The Irish Post

A film about how a small community in Co. Mayo took on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State is coming to audiences in Britain for the first time.

The Pipe is showing as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival — with three sold out screenings at the BFI Centre on the Southbank.

It tells the story of a community tragically divided, and the prospect of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations.

A message from Rossport

John Donovan -


Hi Alfred and John,

After having spent part of my summer at the Rossport Solidarity Camp in Co. Mayo Ireland fighting against Shell (and Statoil!) there, I am even more thankful for all your hard work on your website. You are really inspiring. Many of my friends have been involved in that campaign since 2005. Making the international links has been really important for the local community. Maybe some day we’ll meet. Till then, lots of love, kudos, energy and solidarity your way!

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption

John Donovan -

“It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The Committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland.”

Minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”).


Oil and gas could be nationalised

Joanne McDonald - Letter to Connaught Telegraph


The HSE West decision to slash its budget by a further €50 million is presented by them and the Dublin government as being unavoidable and necessary. It is neither.
These health cuts, just like attacks on other essential public services, workers' pay and social welfare are deliberate political decisions taken by a government who care nothing about the poverty, suffering and illness they cause.

From London to Rossport and back

On Friday, 22nd October 2010 at 6:15 pm, a film about the community at the centre of the Corrib Gas controversy, entitled ‘The Pipe’, will screen at the British Film Institute in Southbank – only a few hundred metres away from the headquarters of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. It was here in this building on the 22nd July 2002, that the Committee of Managing Directors of Shell met to discuss, among other things, the recent refusal of planning consent for the Corrib gas field refinery by the Irish Planning Board.