[Shell to Sea] Below is SIPTU's submission to the Dáil Committee into Offshore Exploration Licences. It is worth noting that in RTE's coverage of the day's proceeding, they highlighted the submission of the Oil & Gas industry lobby group IOOA and never mentioned the submission (or presence) of SIPTU (http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1122/oil.html or http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1123422).
Chairman: I welcome representatives from the Irish Offshore Operators Association and the SIPTU members and members of the general public in the Gallery.
I apologise for the delay. There was a vote in the Seanad, which held us up for 15 minutes, because under the rules of procedure we must have a quorum to commence. We are required to have a member from the Seanad or Dáil as well as meeting other rules before we have a quorum. We then dealt with the private business as quickly as we could.
Friday 25th November saw over 5 hours of Shell’s peat and stone haulage completely blocked by campaigners, and no arrests were made. First thing in the morning four campaigners had trucks blocked for over an hour and a half, and later on one person climbed on top of a peat truck outside Shell’s Bellanaboy refinery, remaining there for 3 and a half hours stopping all haulage.
Shell has started peat removal as we come into winter (which so far is looking better than summer, weather-wise). We are keeping up the protests here but people are needed. Come and visit the new warm and cosy winter camp, we’re hardly roughing it!
Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s first contact with a TD came about because he saw Clare Daly TD on ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’ talking about policing of Corrib Gas protests, writes William Hederman
The repercussions for Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson will be familiar to others who have publicly embarrassed An Garda Síochána. They were clearly acting in the public interest, but their revelations brought the force into disrepute, and the two men suffered as a result. Revenge was exacted – not only by colleagues, but also by way of public denunciation by the Garda Commissioner (“disgusting”), the Minister for Justice (“not co-operating”) and by various other parties loyal to the force.