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British police spy at Shell to Sea in Mayo – MEP wants Justice Minister to get answers from counterpart

John Hedges - An Phoblacht

Police spy Mark Kennedy (centre), at the Ballinaboy terminal in County Mayo, was involved in the Shell to Sea protests about the Corrib gas pipeline (Photograph: Indymedia)

GARDA CHIEFS and Scotland Yard commanders allowed British undercover policeman Mark Kennedy to spy on environmental groups in Ireland, including the Shell to Sea campaign in Mayo. Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan wants Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to get some long-overdue and straight answers from her British counterpart when she meets Home Secretary Amber Rudd this month.

London Metropolitan Police officer Mark Kennedy (pictured) spent seven years, from 2003 to 2010, infiltrating environmental campaign groups engaged in direct protest action against nuclear power stations and other environmentally dangerous projects. Some of those who were charged and brought to trial as a result of these activities gave evidence that the police spy was an agent provocateur, facilitating, organising and instigating unlawful actions, not simply monitoring them.

Posted Date: 
18 October 2016

State's campaign of violence - 10 years old today

10 years ago today, the State launched its campaign of violence against the people protesting against the Bellanaboy refinery. None of the men of violence have ever been prosecuted.

Posted Date: 
3 October 2016

Fionnuala & Donal O'Kelly nominated for Prix Italia

Donal O Kelly

[Shell to Sea]  Huge congratulations to Donal O Kelly on getting his play Fionnuala getting nominated for Prix Italia for best radio drama.  Also a damning indictment of media in Ireland & RTE that it is listed as a Norwegian radio drama after NRK (Norwegian state broadcaster) commissioned Fionnuala.


I'm a bit gobsmacked here, 'cos I'm only after realising now that my radio adaptation of Fionnuala, about the Shell-Statoil Mayo gas fiasco, in Norwegian for NRK, is on the shortlist of 5 radio dramas for the Prix Italia 2016. I got an email about it an all a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't read it properly!! It's on THIS WEEKEND. The other four are from the BBC, France, Romania and Sweden. It's note-worthy that an established media organisation such as the Prix Italia agrees with NRK (Norwegian state broadcaster) that the corruption involving Shell/Statoil, the Irish state and the Gardaí over many years in Erris Co. Mayo matters enough to warrant investigation through radio drama. Huge thanks to NRK for commissioning Fionnuala based on my theatre piece, and wow wahoo that it's on the shortlist for the famous Prix Italia. I just hope it's another small step in lifting the lid off the media obfuscation on what has been done in Erris in the past sixteen years. It's incredible the lengths you have to go to to tell the truth about what's happening in Ireland. It's also encouraging that it's possible to get around obstacles. I take great inspiration from Richard O' Donnell and the way he has made such impact with his tv documentaries The Pipe and Atlantic. Where there's a will there's a way.…/SHORT-LISTED-PROGRAMMES-4e67…

Posted Date: 
1 October 2016

Dublin launch of Amanda Slevin's "Gas, Oil and the Irish State"

Following on from a successful Donegal launch...

Amanda Slevin will have the Dublin launch of her new book, Gas, Oil and the Irish State at Hodges Figgis, Dublin on the 22nd September at 6pm.


The evening launch will also include speeches from guests Fintan O'Toole (The Irish Times) & Professor Kieran Allen (UCD).

The event promises to offer fascinating insights into how Ireland's gas and oil are really managed.

22 September 2016 - 6:00pm

Press Release: 65 seconds of Shell/Corrib sales will pay €1,000 flaring fine

-- Shell fined EUR1,000 while making an estimated EUR240 million in Corrib sales so far this year --

Yesterday (5th September) at Dublin District Court, Shell were fined EUR1,000 after pleading guilty to causing light and noise pollution from gas flaring at Bellanaboy refinery last New Years Eve. The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following complaints from people living around the Bellanaboy refinery.[1]

The EUR1,000 fine is estimated to be 65 seconds worth of current Corrib sales revenue after Vermilion, who have an 18.5% stake in Corrib gas, recently stated that Bellanaboy had reached "full plant capacity" [2,3]. It is estimated that Corrib Gas sales revenues have totalled over EUR240 million so far this year, while no tax has been paid.

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