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Corrib gas campaigner continues latest stage of 17 year campaign with High Court action

Ann O'Loughlin -

A campaigner against the Shell Corrib gas project in Co Mayo has urged the High Court to quash a ministerial consent for a pipeline bringing gas to a refinery at Ballinaboy.

Maura Harrington at the High Court yesterday. Picture: Courtpix

From the time of her first submission in May 2001 to Mayo County Council concerning the project, and despite not being able to argue every facet of what later took place, “I knew what was at stake”, Maura Harrington said.

She had recognised, from "day one", the entire project was “a land, sea and air attack on the place that is Erris”.

The case by Ms Harrington, representing herself, and opposed by four senior counsel representing the State and Shell, opened on Tuesday before Mr Justice Michael McGrath.

Posted Date: 
13 February 2018

Event Notice: Judicial Review of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline

A Judicial Review of then Minister Alex White's decision to grant consent to Shell, 29 December 2015, to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline begins in the High Court on Tuesday, 13 February.

The hearing is scheduled to last for four days. Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington is the sole Applicant in the hearing and is representing herself as a lay litigant. The application is contested by the State as Respondents and Shell as Notice Party in the proceedings.

13 February 2018 - 10:30am - 16 February 2018 - 4:00pm

'A historic day': Ireland on a path to being the 4th country in the world to ban fossil fuel exploration

Christina Finn -

Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures to end oil activity in their waters.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS lost a vote on proposed legislation which would place a ban on fossil fuel exploration off the Irish coast.

The Bill secured the support of 78 TDs, with 48 voting against it. It will now proceed to Committee Stage in the Oireachtas, despite the government’s opposition.

Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Climate Emergency Measures Bill aims to stop the issuing of any new licences for the exploration of fossil fuels.

Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures.

The Bill sets out that the government must:

  • Ensure regard is had to national and global environmental considerations when issuing licences, undertakings and leases under the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960

These considerations include:

  • The annual average global temperature, the monthly mean level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

With the support of the Green Party, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, and Independents 4 Change (and pop superstar Cher who tweeted her support) it passed, meaning Ireland is now on the path to become the fourth country in the world to implement a ban on the exploration of fossil fuels.

Posted Date: 
8 February 2018

Move to ban issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland

Kevin O'Sullivan

[Shell to Sea] Amazing to see that Fianna Fáil are supporting a bill to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland. 

Solidarity-People Before Profit Bill to go before Dáil

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: ‘We have to keep 80 per cent of all known fossil fuels in the ground if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change.’  File Photograph: Reuters

A move to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland features in a proposed Bill to be put before the Dáil by Solidarity-People Before Profit.

The Bill’s backers hope the level of cross-party support achieved last year, which resulted in a ban on fracking in Ireland, will be secured for their proposed legislation.

The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Climate Emergency Measures Bill 2018 is due to be debated during Private Members Time on Wednesday.

Posted Date: 
7 February 2018

Policing Reform - A List of Don'ts

Shell to Sea has today made its submission on Policing Reform to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

To help in the quest on policing reform, Shell to Sea have come up with a list of don’ts, that if followed would improve policing in Ireland.

The Corrib Gas protests are the single largest source of Garda complaints that GSOC have had to deal with although no Garda has ever been held to account for their law-breaking and abuse of powers.

Among the List of don'ts are:

  • Don’t be surprised that after you promote violent Gardaí, that they use violence.
  • Don’t be surprised that after you promote Gardaí who have a tendency to lie, that they don’t tell you the truth.
  • Don’t allow Gardaí claiming to be suffering from PTSD, to continue policing the people they say caused the PTSD.
  • Don't hold people under water when policing on water.
  • Don’t waste alcohol breathalysers.  If you need to bump up the figures, use them on Gardaí going to police early morning protests.
  • Don't talk about raping protestors you have just arrested.
  • Don’t be telling the media you’re looking for fellows with balaclavas when they are right beside you.
  • Don’t be passing drink from private companies to the Gardaí on the Athlone by-pass.
  • Don’t be surprised that if you are sending signals to Gardaí that they have diplomatic immunity that they believe they can do what they want.
  • Don’t arrest people for fishing just because a company wants to lay some pipes while they are gone.
  • Don't use corporate facilities as processing and holding cells for protestors
  • Don’t allow Gardaí to be prosecuting campaigners one week and then join private companies that the campaigners were opposing the next week.
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