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March 2012

Shell rules in Mayo

By: 
The Phoenix Magazine

"PROTESTERS cannot take the law into their own hands," has been one of the stock responses to the civil disobedience practised by the besieged communities around Shell's inland gas refinery project in north Mayo.  One wonders why the same mantra is never directed at Shell and it's private security company, Integrated Risk Management Services  (IRMS).


These 2 campaigners were illegally detained by IRMS for about 15 minutes on the public road

Posted Date: 
9 March 2012

Shell work halted 3 days in a row

By: 
j debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - indymedia

Protests continue despite recent heavy sentencing... lock-on Thursday, lorry climbing Friday, and hungover Gardaí Saturday

Friday 9th March, two people walked up to Shell's compound and began stopping vehicles going in. As several trucks slowed down one person seized the moment to climb on top of a Barretts' quarry truck, blocking the road outside Shell's tunneling compound in Aughoose. She stayed on top of the lorry for about 2 hours, then got down without being arrested.

Posted Date: 
10 March 2012

News Release: 'Rape Tape' Sergeant's retirement party turns sour

News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - 10th March 2012

'Rape Tape' Sergeant's retirement party turns sour

--Garda threats and one person arrested in Belmullet protest outside the infamous Sgt. James Gill's retirement party--

Friday 9th March at 6.30pm a group of two-dozen campaigners and Erris residents gathered outside the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet, Co. Mayo where ex 'rape tape' Sergeant James Gill was having his retirement party.

Shell to pay $48m Nigerian bribe fine

By: 
Rowena Mason and Richard Blackden - The Telegraph

Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered to pay $48m (£29.4m) in civil and criminal fines over its contractor's involvement in bribing Nigerian customs officials.

The Irish Good Times: Government Sells Entire Road Network To Shell

By: 
PornCrabCombo

Rio: Irish newspaper of record, The Irish Good Times, is reporting more good news for the Irish economy today.

Posted Date: 
9 March 2012

Quiet roads: 'Lock-on' roadblock stops Shell for over 5 hours

By: 
j debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Despite heavy sentencing in Belmullet district court two weeks ago, people continue blocking roads in Mayo

At 7.30am on Thursday 8th March, a group of people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp blocked Shell's haulage route between Ballinaboy refinery and Shell's tunneling compound in Aughoose. They set up a concrete lock-on which two people inserted their arms into, making it very difficult for gardaí to remove them.

Concrete lock-on blocking Shell's haulage route
Concrete lock-on blocking Shell's haulage route

Posted Date: 
8 March 2012

Campaigners continue to block Shell despite heavy fines

News release - Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp - 8th March 2012 at 10am

--All Shell haulage stopped from 7.30am today by civil disobedience in Co. Mayo--

This morning at 7.30am two campaigners locked themselves to a concrete barrel in the middle of the road near Shell’s main construction site for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline at Aughoose, Co. Mayo. Nineteen campaigners were sentenced and fined a total of 8350 euro for similar actions in a special sitting of Belmullet District Court two weeks ago.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway was given two 3 month prison sentences for a similar lock-on actions in 2011, and is currently out on bail pending an appeal to the circuit court.

Court report from Shell to Sea special sitting Belmullet Feb 20th - 24th

By: 
Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Justice is blind - Judge Victor Blake ignores compelling video evidence to convict

Between the 20th and 24th of February 2012, 19 campaigners were tried at a 'special sitting' of Belmullet District Court, for alleged offences arising from protest against the Corrib gas project. Most of those tried were for Section 8 and 9 of the Public Order Act. Section 9 is obstructing 'the free passage of a person/vehicle’ in a public place and section 8 is failure to obey the directions of a Garda.

Overall the judge came down very heavily on the defendants. The hearings began only one week after public criticism from the minister for Justice Alan Shatter against what he called “protest tourism”. One campaigner received a prison sentence and three others received suspended sentences. Fines for all cases totalled €8350.

Another Corrib special sitting
Another Corrib special sitting

Posted Date: 
7 March 2012

Corrib garda in baton bash?

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

A CORRIB gas protestor claims his car window was smashed by a garda baton as he attempted to move his vehicle to the side of the road, as directed. Longtime campaigner, and spokesman for Pobal Chill Chomáin, John Monaghan told The Mayo News yesterday that ‘raw video footage’ he has delivered to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, as part of a formal complaint, revealed clearly that he was attempting to comply with the garda direction when his side-window was smashed.

Posted Date: 
7 March 2012

Why the Corrib gas Field is not going to make Ireland rich

By: 
Colm Rapple - Irish Mail on Sunday

The prospect of ever-rising gas prices has greatly enhanced the value of the Corrib gas field off the Mayo coast. The latest estimate is that it will contribute some €6bn to the country’s GDP over it’s lifetime. Four years ago, the same consultants estimated the likely contribution to be €3bn.

There might be cause for celebration if that the extra €3bn was going to flow into our economy. But very little of it will.

Posted Date: 
5 March 2012