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You are entitled to freedom of expression – but not near the Shell Refinery in Ballinaboy!!

Two of the disappeared signs

In 2007 the local community opposed to Shell’s Corrib Gas Project erected 9 crosses  in memory of the Ogoni 9 and highlighting the struggle for a clean environment, proper management of natural resources and respect for our human rights  that connects the two communities.

The place was then blessed by a Nigerian clergyman and by th local Parish Priest.

A number of signs were also carefully positioned there as to not interfere with road safety or the environment but highlighting the ongoing ecological and economical  destruction, the injustices and the breaches of citizen’s rights that are happening here.

But these signs must have interfered with the conscience of some people. In an act of vandalism and censorship the signs which have been in place for years, were taken last week, coinciding with the expected of visits from dignitaries and the media which are being organised by Shell’s PR team.

Posted Date: 
13 October 2015

Shell Corrib project close to ‘first gas’ after EPA licence approval

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

Shell E&P Ireland has said it “looks forward to delivering gas” from the Corrib project in north Mayo following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of its revised industrial emissions licence.

Two final statutory authorisations relating to the pipeline and plan of development are before Minister for Energy Alex White, who is expected to permit “start-up” of the controversial €3.6 billion project very shortly.

Posted Date: 
9 October 2015

Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

Terry Macalister - The Guardian

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas.

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil.

The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far north region in public, but in private began to admit it had been surprised by the popular opposition it faced.

Posted Date: 
28 September 2015

Petition to Sign - Minister White: Don't reward Shell abuses in Ireland

Shell to Sea

[Shell to Sea]  The petition has now been submitted to Minister White.  Thanks to all who signed.

Don’t reward Shell abuses in Ireland!  We, the undersigned demand that you reject Shell's request to operate their dangerous raw gas pipeline that will be used to plunder Ireland’s resources.

Sign petition here:

Posted Date: 
17 September 2015

Fund:It - Songs for Rossport

Songs for Rossport collective

Songs for Rossport (working title) is a project that collects poetry, song and verse written over the last 15 years about the community struggle in northwest Mayo for a safe and clean environment. This collection features the work of John Spillane, Fintan Vallely, Jinx Lennon, Ronán Ó Snoddaigh, John Hoban, Brendan Begley, Louis de Paor, Rita Ann Higgins and Margaretta D'arcy to name but a few of the contributors.

We have gathered together a great number of old songs and new recordings and we wish to make this collection publicly available on CD and digital download. We are also building an online platform to host the collection as an accessible archive. The collection will be officially launched in Galway city this autumn with a gala concert. To do all of this we need your help as there is a considerable cost involved, particularly for CD production and printing. Your investment in this project will ensure that you and many more people get to hear these fabulous songs.

Posted Date: 
13 August 2015
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