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November 2010

Norway is laughing all the way to the bank

Martin Kenny

Sinn Fein County Councilor Martin Kenny has said that Ireland could do with learning some lessons from Norway as to how a Nation should explore and exploit its natural resources. Cllr Kenny was reacting to the news that the Norwegian Government has now become one of the biggest shareholders in Irish pharmaceutical company Elan.

Irish Documentary 'The Pipe' Wins Again


A new Irish documentary The Pipe has won more festival accolades, just days ahead of its nationwide release date.

Director Risteard O Domhnaill and Producer Rachel Lysaght travelled to Amsterdam for the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) where they picked up an Honourable Mention from the IDFA Green Screen Jury before heading straight off to the Foyle Film Festival in Derry where the film received the Best Documentary prize.

New documentary on Rossport/Shell struggle to be screened at The Eye

Kernan Andrews - Galway Advertiser

THE PIPE, the award-winning Irish documentary on Rossport’s struggle against the economic might of Shell, will be screened in The Eye cinema in Wellpark on Saturday December 4.

The Pipe, which received standing ovations at the London, Toronto, and Cork film festivals, and the Best Documentary award at the Galway Film Fleadh, was directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill and produced by Rachel Lysaght.

Almost by accident, he was making a documentary

Donald Clarke - Irish Times

News cameraman Risteárd Ó Domhnaill, troubled by coverage of the Corrib gas story, began shooting what would become an extraordinary record of how external stresses can disturb hitherto secure communities

Gas question: why give Ireland's enormous wealth away? the Norweigan alternative

Brendan Patrick Keane - Irish

The head of Ireland's energy department, John Mullins, warned in September that Irish people were being forced to decide between paying their mortgages or their heating bills. He lamented having to shut off gas connections all across the country in the middle of winter, but expected to do so anyway.

Scannán faoi Shell agus Ros Dumhach le heisiúint


Beidh scannán faoin gcoimhlint idir muintir Ros Dumhach i Maigh Eo agus an ollchomhlacht Shell, The Pipe, le feiceáil sna pictiúrlanna ó 3 Nollaig.

"The Pipe" to be screened in Mayo

The Connaught Telegraph

The Pipe is a compelling documentary of Rossport's struggle against the economic might of Shell and the tragic divisions that have split a once peaceful and close knit community. Now, hot on the heels of its success with sold-out screenings at the BFI London Film Festival last month, The Pipe goes on general release in Mayo Movie World, Castlebar, from December 3 and in Belmullet from December 5. Risteard Ó Domhnaill's passionate, brave and beautifully shot documentary, produced by

Submissions to An Bord Pleanala

Here are some of the submissions that were submitted to Bord Pleanala in the oral hearing that ran from the 24th of August to the 1st of October.

We hope to recieve more of submissions shortly.  If you presented submissions to the oral hearing and would like to see them put up then please email it to


RTE discussion on Corrib & The Pipe


Listen to Pipe director Richie O'Donnell,  John Monaghan, Fr Kevin Hegarty and John Egan from Shell discuss the Corrib Project and the film, The Pipe


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The West awakes: The Pipe

Linda O'Brien - High

The West awakes.

After the last twelve months or so, finding an Irishman with any degree of faith in his government is an almost impossible task but at heart most of us still have some belief that if we have right on our side, we will be protected by those sworn to do so. Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s documentary lays this theory to waste as he follows the ‘Shell to Sea’ campaign and the ordinary Irish people whose democratic rights were trampled by the relentless march of progress.