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Roadblocks continue as Corrib under Judicial Review

Press Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Tuesday 11th October 2011

In Mayo this morning, 20 people are gathered outside Shell’s Bellanaboy Refinery blocking any Shell vehicles from passing. At the same time in Dublin a judicial review over the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for the onshore pipeline is due to begin.

Shell is continuing to work despite the judicial review process which could threaten the planning permission for the onshore pipeline.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway comments: 

“It is disgraceful that Shell is working despite the planning permission decision being in the high courts. Locals are receiving letters from Shell about the peat haulage they intend on starting soon, which presupposes the result of the judicial review."


After an hour and a half of blocking Shell vehicles, Gardaí turned up and attempted to move people off the road, some using their ‘pressure point’ method, causing severe pain to protesters.

Garda MY10, Sean Cunnane, the same guard who committed criminal damage in 2007 by cutting the chain on the gate in the McGrath’s Pier incident which resulted in 20 people being injured, is on the road this morning directing the Garda response.

Terence Conway continues, "Shell are once again showing their disrespect for the laws of this country by plowing ahead with the project, as this morning protesters on the road are given the same old treatment- being dragged off the road and pressure pointed by the Gardaí."




Maura Harrington                                                087 9591474                    

Terence Conway                                                 086 0866264             !/ShellToSea


The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:


1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.


2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.


3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.