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May 2011

Memoir of a weekend at the solidarity camp

By: 
Inspired - Indymedia

I went to the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the May bank holiday weekend. I found it really positive and I want to set down my experience for anyone else who is thinking of going down.

I had visited the camp fleetingly twice before, but never stayed the night there. After the intensity of city life and fending off the insidious domination of capitalist culture, it felt so good to get off the bus from Dublin and then fall asleep in the deep peace and quiet, looking at the stars through the central window of a yurt.

Posted Date: 
13 May 2011

Four arrests as Corrib tractor stopped

By: 
Western People

FOUR Shell to Sea campaigners have been arrested following disturbances at the Corrib gas compound.

On Tuesday morning, two people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp locked their arms together inside a plastic and concrete barrel, which had been placed in front of the gates of the compound at Aughoose.

This was later removed by gardaí before a tractor bringing a borehole drilling rig to the compound was stopped and two people climbed on to the tractor cab and rig.

Posted Date: 
13 May 2011

Corrib Gas documentary wins top European prize

By: 
Mayo Advertiser

A hard-hitting documentary from north Mayo has beaten off strong competition to take the overall major prize at Circom, the network of regional European broadcasters.

An Píopa (The Pipe), commissioned by TG4 with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and from the Irish Film Board, had already taken the Best Documentary category at Circom and was awarded the Grand Prix, the overall winner prize, announced at the weekend in Timisoara.

Posted Date: 
13 May 2011

Minister says higher energy prices likely

By: 
Newstalk

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has admitted that higher energy prices are likely on the way.

But Pat Rabbitte says it is up to the Energy Regulator here to ensure consumers are not being ripped off.

Minister Rabbitte says there is a huge wastage of energy in Ireland and that needs to be addressed.

It comes as the government yesterday announced details of its revamped retro-fit scheme.

Pat Rabbitte says the current global situation means an increase in demand for energy and higher prices.

Posted Date: 
13 May 2011

Irish documentary The Pipe receives top European award

By: 
The Daily Edge

A DOCUMENTARY FROM North Mayo has overcome strong competition to take home a top prize awarded by a prestigious European programme competition.

An Píopa (The Pipe) won in the Best Documentary category at Circom at a  meeting in Frederikstad, Norway, this weekend.

Posted Date: 
12 May 2011

Shell to pay $2.2 million settlement to resolve Federal False Claims case

By: 
US Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON — Shell Oil Company, Shell Offshore Inc., Shell Frontier Oil & Gas Inc., and Shell Western Exploration and Production (Shell Defendants) have agreed to pay the United States $2.2 million plus interest to resolve claims that the companies violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas produced from Federal leases, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today. 

Posted Date: 
12 May 2011

Shale gas drilling 'contaminates drinking water'

By: 
Mark Kinver - BBC News

Shale gas drilling operations increase the risk of nearby drinking water becoming contaminated with methane, a study has suggested.

Researchers found, on average, methane concentrations 17 times above normal in samples taken near drilling sites.

Growing demand for energy has led to a sharp increase in shale gas extraction around the globe, prompting concerns about the impact of the technology.

Posted Date: 
12 May 2011

‘Rape tape’ sergeant on sick leave

By: 
Áine Ryan and Anton McNulty - Mayo News

THE SENIOR garda at the centre of the Corrib protest rape-tape debacle is on certified sick leave and may not be interviewed by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) this year, The Mayo News can exclusively reveal.
A defamation action, being taken by the same garda, against north Mayo fisherman, Pat O’Donnell was adjourned last week until December next after his counsel, Mr Patrick Murphy, told Judge Petria McDonnell that his client was ‘medically unfit to attend the hearing’, due to be heard today, May 10.

Posted Date: 
11 May 2011

Rape tape inquiry stalls over garda on sick leave

By: 
Áine Ryan - Irish Independent

ONE of the three gardai at the centre of the Corrib protest rape tape controversy cannot be interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman Commission as he is on certified sick leave.

A court hearing into an unrelated incident has been told by lawyers for the man that he is "unmedically fit to attend".

Commission investigators have already interviewed four other members of the force and have closed the file on two of them. The two have since been returned to full duties by the garda authorities.

Posted Date: 
11 May 2011