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Sunday Independent trying to decide Shell spin by Phuq Hedd Sunday, Jul 17 2005, 7:33amFunny evidence of two different titles being cooked up
The Sunday Independent (the weekend organ of the Independent Newspaper group, famously run by industry boss William Martin Murphy, leader of the attempt to break the unions in the 1913 Lockout immortalised in Strumpet City) has two copies of the same story sandwiching a fulminating opinion piece about the IRA. The two working titles show an indecision as to whether or not the IRA should be implicated directly in alleged threats against Shell/Statoil or not. Make up your mind editors. Do you dare to tell a blatant lie or not?
Shell staff death threatPARAMILITARY-STYLE death threats have been made against workers on Shell's controversial €300m Corrib gas pipeline project in Co Mayo, the Sunday Independent can reveal.read on >>Softened up for another IRA fudgeWE'RE being insidiously softened up by some politicians (notably, the Taoiseach) and media people to accept a forthcoming IRA statement that will probably be full of the usual fudge and will stop well short of announcing disbandment.read on >>IRA-style death threats made to Shell contractorsPARAMILITARY-style death threats have been made against workers on Shell's controversial €300 Corrib gas pipeline project in Co Mayo, the Sunday Independent can reveal.read on >>
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What can the pipeline protestors expect? Will Shell be honest and open or ruthless and underhand? by John Donovan - ShellNews.net Sunday, Jul 17 2005, 8:51am john@shell2004.com address: 847a Second Avenue, New York NY 10017 USA phone: UK: 01206 501782
So how can the protestors in Ireland expect to be treated by Shell in the current Corrib pipeline troubles? Imprisonment of protestors and mass public protests have already occurred. Will Shell be honest and open in line with its code of business ethics, or ruthless and underhand in the ongoing litigation? We can speak with some authority on the matter having had a few battles with Shell ourselves. Please read the relevant ShellNews.net article by clicking on the link provided.
http://shell2004.com/week28/shellnewsoriginalshellarticle11july2005.htm
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More Fuming From The economic Elites: This isn't a News Report by eeekkkkk Sunday, Jul 17 2005, 11:02am Five have had their sayHaving initially won popular sympathy over their willingness to go to prison for their principles, the so-called Rossport Five now threaten to alienate public opinion over their apparent determination to stay there. It has not been a good week for the Mayo men, jailed for refusing to obey a court order that allows Shell to run a gas pipeline from the offshore Corrib field past their homes in Rossport. The obstinate rejection by the protesters of a conciliatory initiative by Noel Dempsey, the minister for communications, marine and natural resources, suggests that they are more interested in confrontation than compromise. Placed in an invidious position by the dispute, Mr Dempsey’s efforts to break the deadlock are commendable. Shell’s Corrib gas project has, after all, been approved by an exhaustive planning process. The majority of Rossport residents are happy to permit the laying of pipes on their land, in return for payment. But scare-mongering by a small anti-gas group has raised unnecessary fears about the pipeline’s safety, which the company and several independent engineering observers insist are misplaced. Mr Dempsey’s proposals include a further safety review of the onshore pipeline conducted by international experts. Strangely, these clear concessions were greeted with a hardening of position by the jailed protesters. Their original requests for safety assurances have given way to extravagant demands that Shell be forced to build an offshore terminal to carry out gas processing. Ironically, the focus on the Rossport Five deflects attention from more serious issues surrounding gas-drilling in Irish waters, such as the allocation by government of exploration licences with little or no benefit to the state. The jailed men would better serve themselves, their families, their community and indeed their country if they climbed off their high horses, and accepted the compromise offered by Mr Dempsey as an honourable means of regaining their freedom. Their fate is in their own hands.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2091-1697232,00.html
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Link Above To One of 2 Sindo stories is dead by eeekkkkk Sunday, Jul 17 2005, 11:18am
The one that Works is here:http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1433542&issue_id=12743Gotta love those senior garda sources and shell management sources
http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1433779&issue_id=12743
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On a side note this issue totally demonstrates the importance of the independence of www.indymedia.ie?? www.indymedia.ie>Indymedia. Tony O’Reilly, owner of the Belfast Telegraph, the London and Dublin Independents, the Sunday Independent (Ireland), the Independent on Sunday (England), the Sunday World, The Star, The Evening Herald, some of the Sunday Tribune, various local weeklies including The Kerryman and the Drogheda Independent, as well as other media internationally, also owns Providence Resources. Providence Resources are an oil and gas exploration company with interests in potential fields off the south and west coasts of Ireland. There is the possibility that what is happening in Erris, Mayo, will only be the first instance of corporations cutting corners at the expense of the environment and local communities as they exploit the potential oil and gas reserves off the coast, particularly the west coast, of Ireland.

The other anti-republican Sindo article by Anthony Sunday, Jul 17 2005, 12:04pm
Another fine piece of writing from the Sunday Independent ignoring reality and misrepresenting the situation in the 6 counties. The text is copied and pasted as you need to be registered to read the article.Softened up for another IRA fudgeWE'RE being insidiously softened up by some politicians (notably, the Taoiseach) and media people to accept a forthcoming IRA statement that will probably be full of the usual fudge and will stop well short of announcing disbandment.After giving Sinn Fein/IRA the cold shoulder last January, Bertie Ahern has been nice to them ever since, talking to Gerry Adams in Washington in St Patrick's week, when the SF leader was being otherwise shunned.Ah well, muses Bertie out loud, we can't exclude people. So, he's been having 'private' (not secret, mind you!) meetings with republicans in recent months, including one last Friday with Adams.After his talks with Ian Paisley in June, Bertie was at his fudgiest: ''I have never used the word 'disband' because I think moving to a commemorative organisation is not disbandment but disbanding away from criminality or paramilitarism.''The Taoiseach had ''no difficulty'' with ''old boys' parades'', ie. an illegal organisation celebrating a bloody civil and sectarian war.And Bertie has no problem with the inordinate length of time the IRA are taking with their deliberations. He respectfully approves of the notion of members of a criminal conspiracy meeting throughout his jurisdiction for months on end. You'd swear they were a reputable debating society.Government sources (ie. Bertie and co.) were annoyed that Labour leader Pat Rabbitte has been sceptical of IRA intentions, describing his attitude as ''unhelpful'' - that is, don't upset the delicate sensibilities of the peace processors.Another well-worn IRA ploy is that if you push the organisation too far, such as insist they disband, you will create splits and therefore more dissident groups.Fr Alex Reid, SF's favourite peace-maker, has been pushing this old chestnut of late and, astonishingly, Bertie has gone along with it. This is further calculated to encourage IRA ambivalence.With one eye, perhaps, to a future FF/SF coalition, Bertie continues to play into the hands of Provo propagandists. Having expressed tender concern for the reimprisoned IRA terrorist Sean Kelly, he praised the ''calming'' work of SF leaders during the Ardoyne riots last Tuesday night, taking them at their own valuation as heroic social activists.Bertie also regretted the ''premature'' PSNI plastic rounds response! In fact, SF's hostility to the PSNI is a key reason for street unrest and political instability.Recently some media commentators have been conditioning us to accept as ''ground-breaking'' and ''historic'' an IRA statement that is likely to be anything but.Last Monday, Irish Examiner political editor Harry Magee pre-empted the statement when he asserted: ''Only the most craven(?) anti-republican would deny that the statement, when it comes, will be historic.''On the same day, the Irish Times referred to a possible ''new mode'' for the IRA. What mode can there be for illegal militants except to pack up, get out and feel grateful they're not in jail?Be warned. Have your bullshit detector to hand when the IRA statement appears. And Michael McDowell, the watchdog-in-chief of FF appeasement, had better not be on holidays.
http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1433663&issue_id=12743
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Examiner gets in on scaremongering: Exact same article by eeekkkk Monday, Jul 18 2005, 10:10am
Sources: ''The Shell company also revealed'', ''the Shell statement said'', ''The company said it..''and that's it!
http://www.irishexaminer.com/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sg8Seqjd-m3W2sglO-LCk0lQvU.asp
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Media Watch and the Rossport 5 by m. m. mccarron - osi Monday, Jul 18 2005, 10:30am
Spot the SmearThe Sunday Indendent and the Sunday TimesScaremongering and large articles filled the pages this weekend.The notion that Rossport needs any unique and unusual help to make the justice of their cause clear is faracical.Rossport has proved the point of people power exercised by walking, sitting, standing or looking out from behind glass screens.The power is now cynically there behind the glass screens and no longer for the present in the State and in Shell.
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Media *trying* to smear Protestors Using Sinn Féin by divided we fall Monday, Jul 18 2005, 11:11am
But the Sinners are ok:Sinn Féin's Martin Ferris Letter to Irish Times on SF and Rossport Campaignhttp://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70844#comment114631'Sinn Féin is fully supportive of the Rossport protesters and is part of a broadly based campaign which involves the families of the Rossport men, the local community there, environmentalists, anti-globalisation activists, socialists, anarchists and many people who are simply outraged at what lies behind the protest.'
MORE:http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=70925&condense_comments=false#comment115065

On a side note this issue totally demonstrates the importance of the independence of Indymedia. Tony O’Reilly, owner of the Belfast Telegraph, the London and Dublin Independents, the Sunday Independent (Ireland), the Independent on Sunday (England), the Sunday World, The Star, The Evening Herald, some of the Sunday Tribune, various local weeklies including The Kerryman and the Drogheda Independent, as well as other media internationally, also owns Providence Resources. Providence Resources are an oil and gas exploration company with interests in potential fields off the south and west coasts of Ireland. There is the possibility that what is happening in Erris, Mayo, will only be the first instance of corporations cutting corners at the expense of the environment and local communities as they exploit the potential oil and gas reserves off the coast, particularly the west coast, of Ireland.

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18 July 2005 - 1:23pm