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August 2012

Corrib lorry causes chaos at isolated crossroads

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

SHELL’S giant tunnel-boring machine was towed from an isolated crossroads in north Mayo on Friday evening after a massive 12-hour operation by Mayo County Council and oil company experts to remove it. The 170-tonne truck and machine section had been stuck at the narrow Glenamoy crossroads since it jack-knifed there early on Tuesday morning last (July 31), blocking the junction on the L1203 and R312 roads.

Posted Date: 
8 August 2012

Taking a leaf out of Norway's book

By: 
John Quin - Letter to the Irish Times

Sir, – The Barryroe oil find presents a singular opportunity for the Irish nation to begin replicating the economic stability of Norway by securing a stake in sovereign long term energy. The Government holding in Aer Lingus should be sold to Ryanair, (Michael O’Leary does know how to run the airline business), the resultant funds applied towards a 40 per cent stake in the Barryroe field.

Opportunity seldom knocks twice. – Yours, etc,

JOHN QUIN,

Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Posted Date: 
8 August 2012

Shell slammed over jack-knifed lorry

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

HUMAN Rights group Action from Ireland (Afri) has condemned both the Garda Síochana and Shell over ‘the bungled transport’ of its giant tunnelling machine, and an Erris councillor has called for a full investigation by Mayo County Council into the incident.

Posted Date: 
8 August 2012

Rights group criticises Shell and Garda over traffic blockage

By: 
Áine Ryan

HUMAN RIGHTS group Action from Ireland (Afri) has criticised both the Garda Síochána and Shell over “the bungled transport” of a huge tunnelling machine.

As reported widely, a 170-tonne lorry transporting the Shell machine to bore the sub-sea tunnel linking raw gas to an inland refinery, jack-knifed at a narrow crossroad in Glenamoy, Co Mayo, last Tuesday morning.

Posted Date: 
7 August 2012

YouTube Video - Rossport Shell Protest

By: 
iDirectMovies - YouTube

Posted Date: 
6 August 2012

150 Gardai to move TBM 5km; Mayo County Council begin cover-up

By: 
resting camper - Indymedia

An account of Friday's events on the day the tunnel boring machine was moved.

As those following the story will no doubt have heard by now, the TBM was moved yesterday.

Aware that something was going to happen, campaigners spent the night at Glenamoy sleeping in cars and vans, aware that something was going to happen. Two slept under the bridge. Localyil residents nearby told us how the road had sunk 4 inches in the last few days, while other parts were ruined from the exceptional traffic. We're sure the Council will not be so quick to do those repairs...

At 4am, gardai began to swarm into the area. 150 IRMS security also marched up the road. We ran up, but the sheer weight of numbers kept us back. Ten managed to get into the field on the side where the truck was listing. Suddenly, 40 IRMS came in and set up a fence. Diggers and trucks of stone came in and for the next ten hours, Shell filled in ditches and built up a road around the collapsed bank. The crane plan had been abandoned and its seemed the field owner had given permission. Thus, without warning the crossroads were closed to all traffic, causing chaos yet again. Shell only later offered its usual bland, 'sorry for the inconvenience' shite.

Posted Date: 
5 August 2012

100 gardaí aid convoy to free Shell machine

By: 
Áine Ryan - Irish Times

SHELL’S GIANT tunnel-boring machine was towed from an isolated crossroads in north Mayo yesterday evening after a massive 12-hour operation by Mayo County Council and oil company experts to remove it.

The 170-tonne truck and machine had been stuck at the narrow Glenamoy crossroads since it jack-knifed there early on Tuesday morning.

At 4.30am yesterday more than 100 gardaí escorted a convoy of heavy vehicles to the crossroads for the operation, which involved widening the road to facilitate the removal of the truck.

Posted Date: 
5 August 2012

Bruton claims Shell truck rescue will create 13,000 jobs

By: 
The Mire

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has claimed that efforts to rescue a Shell truck stuck at Glenamoy crossroads in Co Mayo could create up to 13,000 jobs.

“As well as rescuing the truck, there will have to be several investigations into why it happened. We will need a new, bigger, better road,” Mr Bruton said excitedly.

Posted Date: 
4 August 2012

Machine removed from Mayo road

By: 
Irish Times

A giant tunnel boring machine belonging to Shell, which became stuck on Tuesday after the lorry it was being transported on jack-knifed at an isolated Co Mayo crossroads, has been removed.

A spokesman for Mayo County Council said the junction at Glenamoy crossroads near the villages of Rossport and Carrowteigue was now cleared and that traffic was back to normal.

Posted Date: 
3 August 2012

Shell and Gardaí invade to rescue TBM

By: 
RSC - Indymedia

Call out to come to Mayo!

Posted Date: 
3 August 2012