"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
This is a video recorded on 6th of November 2006, when the current President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins joined campaigners outside the gates of the Shell refinery in Bellanaboy along with other Labour party colleagues. Four days later these same campaigners were being batoned off the roads by the Gardaí. Michael D Higgins begins speaking at 3:34 in the video.