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November 2010

Final bill for Corrib gas field project to hit €2.5bn

Gordon Deegan - 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.

THE final cost in developing the controversial Corrib gas field off the Co Mayo coast is now expected to near €2.5bn.

Correspondence in Press Ombudsman Complaint with The Sunday Independent

Letter from the Press Ombudsman on the 29th October 2010

O Leidhin and the Sunday Independent

The Press Ombudsman

The Press Ombudsman has decided not to uphold a complaint made by Mr Eoin O Leidhin, on behalf of the Rossport Solidarity Camp, that an article published in the Sunday Independent on July 25, 2010, entitled "Polish 'anarchist' linked to Corrib gas pipeline protest" breached Principle 1 (truth and accuracy) and Principle 2 (distinguishing fact and comment) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

Shell partner writes down Corrib gas field value by €200m


ONE OF Shell’s partners in the controversial Corrib gas project, Statoil, has written down the value of the gas field by almost €200 million due to project delays and changes in market conditions.

The Norwegian energy giant owns 36.5 per cent of the gas field off the Co Mayo coast. Confirmation of the write-down is contained in Statoil’s results for the third quarter of 2010, which have just been published.

Award-winning Irish Documentary "THE PIPE" Set for Nationwide Release on 3rd December

Irish Film Board

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. Risteard Ó Domhnaill's passionate, brave and beautifully shot documentary, produced by Rachel Lysaght (Underground Films), for Scannáin Inbhear, has already picked up the Best Documentary Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2010, as well as being highly acclaimed by audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.



ROYAL Dutch Shell was among six companies fined a total of $237million (£146million) to end bribery investigations by the US Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission.

How the State deserted its people and resources

James Laffey - Western People

A new book on the Corrib Gas project exposes a litany of failures on the part of the State, writes James Laffey.

Once Upon A Time In The West

‘LIGHT touch’ regulation is to blame for all our current woes. Or so we are told. Each day politicians from all sides of the Dáil divide queue up on the plinth at Leinster House to assure us that it’s the ‘wild west’-style practices of the country’s bankers and regulators that have brought us to this sorry pass.

“We trusted the bankers, we trusted the regulator!” they plaintively lament, the import of their message being that firm and decisive action would have been taken if only someone had told them what was going on. Methinks differently. And here’s why.

Serica identifies drilling targets off western Ireland

Offshore Magazine

Offshore staff

LONDON -- Serica Energy may drill two more prospects next year in its Slyne basin acreage off western Ireland.
The company operates license FEL 01/06, comprising blocks 27/4, 27/5 (west), and 27/9. They cover an area of 611 sq km (234 sq mi), and are around 40 km (24.8 mi) south of Shell’s offshore Corrib gas field development.

A letter of support from UK green party leader Caroline Lucas MP


Leader, The Green Party of England & Wales

8 October 2010

Thank you for your email 30/6/10 to Caroline Lucas about the Shell to Sea campaign in Ireland, which Caroline has asked me to reply to.

The Curious Incident of the Farmer in the Compound at Nighttime

Michael McGaughan - Village Magazine - 15th July 2009

“Gardai said Mr Corduff had complained of head and chest pains necessitating an ambulance and two paramedics to travel out from Castlebar. They examined and found no injuries, according to gardai. There is no CCTV footage of an assault and no assault is being investigated by gardai. Mr Corduff had also made no complaint to gardai by yesterday. He spent much of Wednesday under the trailer and was eventually removed at around 4am.” (Jim Cusack, Security Correspondent, Sunday Independent, 26/4/09)

“He had been kicked all over the body and had LOC (Loss Of Consciousness). He had headaches, nausea and vomiting.” (Discharge report for Willie Corduff, Castlebar Hospital, 24/4/09)