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Irish grass roots clog Shell oil pipeline

By: 
John Murray Brown - Financial Times

As the road approaches the Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy on Ireland's Atlantic west coast, only the posters pinned to the telegraph poles give any hint of the country's longest-running environmental protest.

The uninterrupted view of green fields running down to the ocean could be a screen-grab from an advertisement for the Irish Tourist Board.

But for the past four years this remote but beautiful corner of north Mayo has been the setting for a bitter industrial dispute. At times, hundreds of police have been deployed to break up pickets. And this summer, the tiny hamlets of Glengad and Rossport looked on as two Irish navy frigates moored in Broadhaven Bay, apparently there to stop the protesters' dinghies interfering with the Solitaire, Shell's vast pipe-laying ship.

Exactly how a grass-roots campaign led by a retired schoolteacher and a handful of hill farmers and lobster pot fishermen has frustrated Ireland's most important energy project perplexes industry experts.

North Mayo residents say ruling vindicates their stance

By: 
Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

NORTH Mayo residents have said that An Bord Pleanála’s ruling on the Corrib gas onshore pipeline is a “vindication” of their stance on health and safety grounds.

Pobal Chill Chomáin spokesman John Monaghan and resident Mary Corduff also said that Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan and his department had “serious questions to answer” in relation to endorsement of the safety of the proposed modified pipeline route at the oral hearing .

Read Full article here

See a clip of Winifred Macklin speaking at the Mondays People's Forum here

Listen to a new song called "Rossport Blues" by Fred Johnston here

Decision on Corrib pipeline deferred

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RTE News

An Bord Pleanála has deferred making a final decision on the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo and has asked Shell Ireland to address concerns it has about its safety.

The 9km onshore pipeline is designed to link the offshore gas field with the multi-million euro refinery being built at Bellanaboy.

[Added by Shell to Sea: See the RTE report from the Nine News on the Forums here: www.rte.ie/news/2009/1102/9news_av.html]

Watchdog recommends disciplining senior garda

By: 
LORNA SIGGINS - Irish Times

THE GARDA Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against a senior member of An Garda Síochána in relation to the handling of a protest over Corrib gas in north Mayo over two years ago.

Supt. Joe Gannon

Would You Believe? - Feature Corduff family

The RTE show, Would You Believe?, this week featured the Corduff family's struggle against Shell and the State.  It was shown on RTE1 on the 25th Oct 09.

Features interviews with Willie, Mary and Liam Corduff as well as some footage from Pollathomais Pier on the 11th June 07.

Credit due to Mick Pello & co for producing and getting a show on RTE, finally, where some of the concerns with the Corrib Gas Project are aired.

See it online here:

http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1058558

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