Barret’s Quarry in Bangor Erris shut down by protesters
On Wednesday 31st August at 8am 15 people entered Barrett’s quarry, just outside Bangor Erris in Co. Mayo and stopped work for the whole day, leaving at 5:30pm. Barrett’s is a subcontractor on the Corrib Gas Project, currently bringing truckloads of gravel and hardcore to Shell’s site in Aughoose.
A SOCIALIST Party MEP has claimed he was assaulted by gardaí at a peaceful protest, held last week near Aughoose, the site of the latest phase of the controversial Corrib gas project. Paul Murphy said he was in ‘excruciating pain’ after he was poked in the ribs and that his left ear was twisted repeatedly by a garda.
[Shell to Sea] It seems lately Éamon Ó Cuív is trying to promote himself as the man of the little people, yet while in Government he continuously backed Shell over the people. He also was constantly telling the people the laws and legal channels needed to be respected. Yet now he's threatening to become an outlaw himself.
THE DEPARTMENT of Energy says new oil and gas exploration licences for the Atlantic margin will be approved before the resumption of the Dáil next month.
However, Fianna Fáil energy spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív has appealed to Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte to defer his endorsement until a promised review of the State’s current oil and gas licensing terms by an Oireachtas committee.
OF ALL the big questions facing the State, few have more profound long-term implications than the management of our natural resources. Official estimates suggest a potential reserve of hydrocarbons equivalent to 10 billion barrels of oil off the west coast alone. Were all of this to be recovered, it would be enough to supply Ireland’s gas and oil needs for a century.
A chara, – A small ray of hope is entering my heart that at last there is the germination of a public debate on who owns our hydrocarbon resources (Fintan O’Toole, Opinion, August 16th and 23rd, Pat Rabbitte, August 18th). The public apathetic disconnect on this vital issue is lessening somewhat if the well-thought-out letters on the matter in your paper are anything to go by.
Sir, – Fintan O’Toole is clutching at straws (Opinion, August 23rd). He accurately describes the failings of political and administrative culture, but deftly ignores the factual arguments Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte presented (Opinion, August 18th) in his reply to Mr O’Toole (Opinion, August 16th).
I came to Rossport today as part of a delegation of Socialist Party members to support the community and the Shell to Sea campaign against an unsafe onshore high pressure pipeline being and to protest against the giveaway of our natural gas and oil resources to multinationals like Shell.
Madam, - Terry Nolan of Shell's call for "real dialogue" on the Erris pipeline/refinery stand-off does not convince. He says, for example, that "the project has been through a rigorous planning and consents process". This is disingenuous: did he not notice Lorna Siggins's report in your edition of October 19th which referred to omissions from the original environmental impact statement regarding cold venting (the release of contaminated gas into the atmosphere), and explained how the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources refused to allow North Mayo residents to address it on this issue?
"In a State that has completely lost its moral core it’s almost inevitable that those who tenaciously pursue their principles and speaks out against the hypocrisy of power will find themselves silenced."
Robert Ballagh on the jailing of Margaretta D’Arcy