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November 2010

Review of ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ by Lorna Siggins

“Tháinig long ó Valparaiso”

On the 8th September, 2008, the world’s largest pipelaying ship sailed into Broadhaven Bay. This was not Pádraig de Brun’s ship of dreams but  a menacing symbol of a powerful multinational oil company threatening the serenity of this beautifully scenic area. This was the climax of a story that began with the discovery of a major gas find off the North West coast of Ireland.

Interview: O'Domhnaill Lays Down 'The Pipe'

Aileen Moon - IFTN
The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) will host an exclusive screening of Risteard O’Domhnaill’s ‘The Pipe’ on Thursday, November 11th for Academy members to preview the film before it goes on nationwide release on December 3rd. The director, Risteard O Domhnaill and producer, Rachel Lysaght will be in attendance at the screening and will participate in a Q&A session afterwards.


Review of "The Pipe"

Nathan Koblintz - Thinking Faith

Fourteen years ago a group of engineers discovered a gas field off the coast of Western Ireland. By 2001 the field was declared a commercially viable project and four years later preparations began to create an inland refinery in a small town called Ballinaboy that would be able to process and deliver the gas across the country. A long, underwater and underground pipe would transport the gas from the drilling platform out at sea to the refinery. The Pipe is a documentary describing the efforts of the locals in Rossport, Co.

Corrib gas field cost rises to €2.5 billion

Western People

THE final cost in developing the controversial Corrib gas field is now expected to near €2.5 billion.

The revised cost estimate emerged at the weekend as new documents just filed with the Companies Office by Shell Irish subsidiary, Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL), show that the capital outlay on the project to the end of December reached €1.918 billion.

The accounts just filed by SEPIL show the company last year recorded a €20.4 million pre-tax loss on the scheme.

Four years since baton charge on peaceful protestors

Press Release: Issued by Shell to Sea – Wednesday 10th of November 2010

Today marks the 4th year anniversary of the baton charge and violence by Gardaí against protestors opposed to the Corrib Gas Project.

Gardai baton - fest : Fear, loathing and injury in Rossport today !

TJ - Shell to Sea

Now is the time of the droogs and their uber meister, McDowell !

NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death

Eveline Lubbers & Andy Rowell - The Guardian

Secret documents reveal the oil giant's crisis management strategy following the execution of the Nigerian activist

Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1993

Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1993. Shell faced accusations that it had colluded with the government over the activists’ deaths. Photograph: Greenpeace/AFP

Shell Bribes Among `Culture of Corruption,' Panalpina Admits


Bribes paid on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Nigerian unit came from “a culture of corruption” that Swiss freight forwarder Panalpina World Transport Holding Ltd. admitted in a U.S. court yesterday.

Ireland 'should seek loans' from Norway's oil fund

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


A GROUP campaigning to change State oil and gas licensing terms has suggested that the Government should borrow low-interest loans from Norway’s oil fund, using Ireland’s offshore territory as “collateral”.

The Campaign for Protection of Resources (CPR), which Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan helped found while in opposition, has also urged Mr Ryan to halt what it describes as the “final giveaway” of 250,000 sq km on the Atlantic margin.