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February 2011

Oil Giant Gets a Shelling - David Versus Goliath Off the Irish Coast

Jill Petzinger - Spiegel Online

The documentary "The Pipe," shown during the Berlinale film festival, tells the story of residents in a remote Irish coastal community who took on the oil giant Shell, and their own government. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to the director about the residents' David and Goliath struggle.

Brú ag teacht ar Fhine Gael faoi théarmaí ola & gáis

Inné, chuir TG4 ceist ar Enda Kenny nach raibh Fine Gael sásta a fhreagairt nuair a chuir Shell to Sea an cheist seo leanas air.  Ma tá tú sa céad Rialtais eile, an bhfuil tú chun ath-bhreithniú a dhéanamh ar na téarmaí ola agus gáis atá ann faoi láthair, i dtreo is go mbeadh níos mó tairbhe á bhaint as na hacmhainní seo do mhuintir na hÉireann?  Agus cad iad na hathraithe a chuirfidh tú i fheidhm?

Thug Enda Kenny leath fhreagra ar an gcead cheist - bhfeidhir go ndeanfadh sé ath-bhreithniú ar na téarmaí.  Ach ní duirt sé tada faoi cen sort athraithe atá i gceist aige.

Feach ar an “clip” seo thíos ón Nuacht. Thosnaíonn an píosa ag 7:40.

Call for State ownership of assets

Elaine Edwards - Irish Times

People Before Profit has called for the return of Ireland’s oil and gas resources to public ownership in order to help generate revenue for the State.

The party, which is part of the United Left Alliance umbrella group in the election campaign, published its policy on energy and natural resources today.

Dr Kieran Allen of the school of sociology in UCD, who helped produce the policy, said there was an estimated €750 billion worth of oil and gas of the coast of Ireland at a “conservative” estimate.

Glasgow: Shell action in Solidarity with Rossport

Rossport solidarity glasgow - Indymedia UK

Services were distrupted at the Shell garage on Alexandra Parade in Glasgow in solidarity with the approval of Shell's gas pipeline in Rossport, Ireland and to raise awareness about the crimes against humanity committed by Shell around the world.

Shell and Nigeria: dishonesty and corruption confirmed

Sokari Ekine - New Internationalist

I have written many times on the insidious and corrupt relationship between the Nigerian government and Shell Nigeria. It is now confirmed by the recently released Wikileaks cables on Nigeria.

Providence seeking €50m for drilling

Barry O'Halloran - Irish Times

OIL AND gas exploration group Providence plans to raise almost €50 million to fund a drilling programme around Ireland and Britain, where it has a series of proven and potential discoveries.

The Dublin- and London-listed company has a number of licences around the Irish coast and in the Irish Sea, including a potential oil find off Dalkey Island to the immediate south of Dublin.

Providence said yesterday it had agreed the terms of a placing of 16.1 million new shares at €3.03 each to raise over €48 million.

Shell survey work halted

Stop Shell Hell - Indymedia

Today Shell's survey work in Aughoose was halted as people walked on to the land and stood in front of equipment.

Shell still do not have full planning permission; they still need Ministers to sign off the Section 40 application, a Foreshore licence and an EPA waste licence. This project is not safe for the community or the environment and we will continue to protect this area. It's not too late to renegotiate the unjust deal. Stop the 540 billion oil and gas giveaway!

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éirígí slams Lenihan’s Valentine’s Gift to Oil Companies


Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has slammed yesterday’s decision by outgoing Twenty-Six County minister for natural resources Conor Lenihan to award onshore petroleum licenses for the resource rich areas of Lough Allen Basin and Clare Basin.

The Lough Allen Basin straddles several counties in the west and north-west, including Mayo, Donegal and Sligo, while the Clare Basin straddles four counties in the south west: Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry.

Gino Kenny policy on Natural Resources

Gino Kenny - United Left Alliance

Policy on Natural Resources 

Irish gas and oil

Energy bill hikes on way despite drop in fuel costs

Stephen O'Farrell & David Looby - Irish Independent

GAS and electricity bills are set to rise again despite the recent fall in fuel costs, it emerged yesterday.

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), who sets energy prices, admitted yesterday that ESB and Bord Gais bills would be increasing in January as a result of fuel-purchasing policies.